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Louisville guard Peyton Siva (3) drives to the basket as North Carolina A&T forward DaMetrius Upchurch (4) defends during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Lexington, Ky.
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Man gets 15 years for raping biological daughter, 9 3 Top seed Louisville rolls to 79-48 rout of NC A&T… B1
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by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Senate rejects TEO Manu’a shipping solutions nominee in 8-8 vote in the works, MV Sili repairs
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Territorial Energy Office director-nominee Timothy Jones Sr, failed to muster enough votes in the Senate for approval and was rejected yesterday in a vote of 8-8. Although the House approved Jones this week, his nomination is officially rejected by the Fono due to the Senate vote. The governor now has the option of re-submitting Jones name, or submitting a new nominee in the next legislative session, which convenes on the second Monday of July this year. Jones is the second director-nominee rejected by the Senate; the first was Pa’u Roy Ausage as director of the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs. There is no word yet from the governor’s office on a new nominee or if he plans to resubmit Pa’u’s name in the next legislative session. SENATE HEARING Prior to the full membership vote, Jones appeared before the Senate Energy, Power and Water Committee for his confirmation hearing, where the native of Columbus, Ohio, says that the TEO has for 30 years focused mainly on conservation to save energy, which is a “good thing, not a bad thing.”
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The Governor’s Office has confirmed that a local businessman has proposed the leasing or renting of his vessels to ship goods and other merchandise to Manu’a island residents, who are now without ocean transportation as the MV Sili is grounded at this time for repairs. Repairs that Samoa News now has been told could be just around the corner. Samoa News learned early this week that businessman Carlos Sanchez, who also owns fishing vessels, has offered to assist the government by leasing one of his vessels, which will help transport goods and supplies to the Manu’a islands, because there is no specific time frame for the MV Sili’s return to service. Responding to Samoa News questions, the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira said yesterday, “It is true that Carlos Sanchez has made a proposal in an attempt to help the government out in terms of addressing the pressing needs of the Manu’a
residents with the downing of the MV Sili.” “The offer was $8,500 for a trip to Manu’a. The offer is being discussed with the Port Administration director,” said Iulogologo, who noted that the Samoa government owned vessel Fotu-o-Samoa is available “but funding is the major constraint at this juncture.” In past years, a charter for the Fotu-o-Samoa would be around $20,000- $25,000 and the past administration would resort to the charter when there were no other options available, and especially when there is pressing needs for Manu’asuch as school lunch supplies. Iulogologo said that information received by the Governor’s Office is that the U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have any problems with the use of Sanchez’s vessel as long as no passengers are transported. At this point, “Gov. Lolo and the Port Administration director are exploring different temporary options for Manu’a, while the MV
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Lealao clears Senate in unanimous vote to direct Agriculture
Looks at imposing tax on local farmers selling their produce
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
The Department of Agriculture is looking at imposing a tax on all farmers who are selling fresh produce in the Territory. The legal issues surrounding such taxation are being discussed with the Attorney General and the Department of Commerce, and this was revealed in the Senate chambers by Director of Agriculture Lealao Soloata Melila Purcell Jr. during his confirmation hearing on Thursday. He was confirmed unanimously in a vote of 18-0. He was also confirmed in the House in a unanimous vote. The explanation by Lealao followed a questioned posed by Senator Avegalio Aigamaua regarding the foreigners who sell produce on the side of the road. The Senator said the Chinese people are receiving money from the produce they sell and yet the government is not getting money from these proceeds, and the Chinese are taking the business away from the farmers.
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The National Football League’s (NFL) Chicago Bears player Stephen Peae (center), who was in the islands recently visiting family and friends in Samoa as well as locally. In the territory, he made a brief stop in Pago Pago village where the AYFS Bears were holding a car wash yesterday morning. Peae met and spoke with the players and coaches and also made a generous donation of $1,000 to the Bears’ car wash. Paea, who is from the Island Kingdom of Tonga, is among the many talented Polynesian [photo: Jeff Hayner] players now playing in the NFL.
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Are you a natural born singer that can hold a tune with little or no effort? Do you think you have what it takes to blow out the competition? Here is your chance to prove that you truly are the “voice” of American Samoa. The Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs and Blue Sky Communications are working hand in hand to host the first ever “Le Leo O Amerika Samoa” singing competition for local youth between the ages of 16 and 25. Registration has begun at the DYWA Office located on the second floor, west wing, of the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building in Utulei. Auditions are scheduled to take place on March 25 and 26 and 16 of the top singers will be selected for the competition, with four alternates. There is a registration fee of $20 and each contestant will be given a time slot when they can come in and audition at the KVZK-TV studio in Utulei. All interested parties are encouraged to register as registration closes at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 25. The competition will be aired live on KVZK-TV Channel 2 beginning Wednesday, April 3, 2013 and will run every Wednesday for seven consecutive weeks until a winner is selected. Similar to worldwide popular singing contests like American Idol and the X Factor, shown weekly on national television, singers in “Le Leo o Amerika Samoa” will compete against each other and the winner will be determined by how many number of votes they can garner from the general public. That is why everyone is asked to watch the show and make their selections known through Blue Sky text voting. Each week, those who tally up the most votes will move on while those with the least number of votes will be eliminated. Basically, the winner will be chosen through public opinion. The live show will be held at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium (Fale Laumei) and the public is invited to come out and show their support for their favorite singer(s), in addition to voting through their Blue Sky phones. There is a $3 entrance fee for general public seating. The top winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000. Second place will take home $600 cash while third place will get $300 and fourth place will pocket $100. More information about the competition can be obtained by contacting the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs directly at 633-2835 or 633-2836. Ask for Tapumanaia Galu Satele Jr. or Joe Iosua (JSmooth).
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For raping biological daughter, 9, man gets 15 years
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
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“This is a horrific crime, that happened to a nine-yearold little girl and the message has to be loud and clear to our community, to our society, that this is unacceptable behavior, that we… the People will not tolerate… we will not tolerate fathers violating their own biological daughters” was the message from Deputy Attorney General Mitzie Jessop during the sentencing of a man who made his young physically challenged daughter watch pornographic materials with him and had sex with her. Samoa News is withholding the defendant’s name to protect the identity of the victim, who is the defendant’s biological daughter. The 36-year-old defendant was initially charged with rape, deviate sexual assault, incest, escape from custody of police, resisting arrest, furnishing pornographic materials to a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. However, in a plea agreement with the government the defendant pled guilty to the following: rape, a class B felony, punishable from five to 15 years in jail; incest, a class D felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment, a fine of $5,000 or both; escape from custody, a class D felony punishable by up to five years, a fine of $5,000 or both; and furnishing pornographic materials, a class A misdemeanor punishable with up to one (1) year imprisonment, a fine of $1000 or both. The defendant is represented by Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin. During the sentencing yesterday which was postponed from last week, Cardin noted that there are no sex offender programs available on island. She said this is a ‘lose-lose’ situation, because this is a family that has been torn apart. She stated that the defendant was a victim of child sexual abuse when he was young, although that does not excuse his conduct. Cardin explained that studies show that people who are victims of child abuse — who do not receive proper counseling and treatment — are in turn more likely to become perpetrators themselves at a later time. She noted the defendant has undergone a psychological evaluation, which reveals that he’s low functioning intellectually, and he’s also had a history of depression and anxiety. The ass’t public defender further stated that her client has a troubled past, with a history of alcoholism and untreated problems with depression that are contributing factors to the incident. The prosecutor did not mince her words when she was making her final recommendations, before the Chief Justice handed down the sentencing. Jessop noted that the govern-
ment has received a copy of both the pre sentence report as well as the addendum to the pre sentence report ordered by Kruse. She said the government definitely agrees with Counselor Cardin on the aspect that “this is definitely a lose-lose situation for everyone involved and it’s extremely, extremely unfortunate.” The defense counsel makes the argument that this is a family torn apart, said Jessop. “I want to point out to the court, yes that this is a family that has been torn apart, but torn apart based on the defendant’s actions, based on his choices,” she stated. “Nobody held a gun to his head and made him do the horrific things that he did to his 9-year-old daughter. It is just appalling… appalling… that this defendant would not only blame alcohol for his actions, that he would blame others for inflicting harm on him, for why he then turned around and did
these horrific things to his own flesh and blood.” “And he even goes as far as saying, ‘well, my daughter didn’t say no.’ “That is just appalling to the government… she was nineyears-old when this happened,” said Jessop. “Of all the people that should have protected her, it was him.” “On top of that, we have parents who say they love their son; I grant that. However, they are — at least from the government’s perspective— enablers. “They’ve enabled him to do what he’s doing today and that is to continue to make excuses for his choices,” the deputy attorney general said. The prosecutor went on to say it’s even more heartbreaking because this little girl has physical disabilities and she’s currently at the Shriner’s Hospital in Hawai’i getting corrective surgery for both of her legs. “She had issues with both legs that have caused a lot of pain for her and she’s now get-
ting this corrective surgery, and it’s just even more heartbreaking that she already suffers from physical disabilities that she has to deal with, and now she has to deal with this situation, that is, I’m sure is going to change the rest of her life and how she sees herself and her relationship with others,” said Jessop. The prosecutor reiterated that the defendant had made his own choice to violate his own biological daughter. Jessop then asked the Chief Justice to sentence the defendant to the maximum that is available under the law, however she said that the government does not oppose any counseling that may be available in the future. “Unfortunately, for all of us involved, we have what we have. We are very limited on this island on the resources that we have. We do not have sex offender counseling. And it is unfortunate and definitely something that I know has been on the government’s
radar in resolving that issue for our own people, but all I have today, Your Honor, is to ask for jail,” said the prosecutor. She noted the government is not opposed to a probated sentence, however, she would recommend a probated sentence so that the court can keep close tabs on the defendant and monitor his probation.“This is a horrific crime, that happened to a nine- year-old little girl and the message has to be loud and clear to our community, to our society, that this is unacceptable behavior…” Kruse sentenced the defendant to 15 years for rape, 5 years for incest, 5 years for escape and 1 year for furnishing of pornographic material. The sentences are to run concurrently. The execution of sentencing is suspended and the defendant is placed on probation for a period of 15 years under the condition that he serves five years in jail without any release
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Joint Letter to the Ameri can
Talofa and Aloha,
Samoa Community
Last week, Bank of Hawaii responded favorably to req uests from the American Sa and the public to delay the moan government closure of its operations. W hile the original closure da for this month, Bank of Ha te was planned waii and American Samoa government officials togeth certain issues were emerg er recognized that ing that were posing challe nges for customers and the co mmunity.  After several meetings and discussions it was mutually agreed that Bank of Hawa closure date, as requested, ii would extend its by a full year to March 14, 2014. This “extension perio in allowing all parties nece d” will be beneficial ssary time to provide for a smoother and more orderl y transition.  Following many years of ser ving the local community, Bank of Hawaii’s business two branches was not made decision to close its lightly. And, it was never the bank’s intention to create the community.  As such, Ba hardship within nk of Hawaii has agreed to several accommodations to ease the transition: n Extend the clo sure date of the Centennial location to March 14, 2014. closed on March 15, 2013 (The Tafuna branch was and its operations consolid ated at Centennial). n Bank of Hawa ii’s existing ATMs will conti nue to be maintained for the extension period. n The cash mana gement and payroll servic es be tw ee n Bank of Hawaii and Ameri also be maintained during can Samoa will the extension period. n Bank of Hawa ii will waive wire fees for co nsumer wires going from Ha for the extension period. waii to American Samoa n Bank of Hawa ii will begin the process of gifting the Bank of Hawaii improvements of its two bra residence, and the leasehold nches to the government of American Samoa to he efforts to establish a replac lp expedite ement bank.  We want to express our sin cere appreciation to the co mmunity and everyone inv make this a successful transi olved in helping to tion. Our deep gratitude als o goes to Congressman En for his involvement and int i Faleomavaega erest. 
We look forward to working together with all the partie s over the next year to help that sound financial service ensure s options are available to our local community. Sincerely,
The Honorable Lolo L. M. Mo liga Governor of American Sam oa  
Peter S. Ho Chairman, President, and CEO of Bank of Hawaii
Government, private sector work together to help public start local small businesses
Series of workshops begins today
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu, Samoa News Reporter
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samoa news, Friday, March 22, 2013
A series of workshops highlighting how to start a “Small Business” in the territory is the goal of the partnership between the Department of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce and the Development Bank of American Samoa who are hosting a workshop today for anyone interested in starting a business. DOC Director Keniseli Lafaele said the workshop is an initiative the DOC, Chamber and DBAS are implementing to meet the governor’s goal of boosting economic development. During a meeting held on Wednesday, Chamber chairman David Robinson thanked DOC and DBAS for the partnership and added that this is the first time that the government and the private sector are working closely on a program like this. DBAS Acting President Jason Betham urged members of the public who are interested to attend these workshops, the first of which will be held today at the Lee Auditorium in Utulei. Acting Territorial Planner for the Planning Division of DOC, Line-Noue M. Kruse, responding to queries sent by Samoa News said this will be the first in a series of workshops aimed to assist our community members toward economic self sufficiency. “Instead of thinking what job can I get, we want to change the discussion to — what business can I develop to care for our families. “Work for ourselves, using our own ingenuity and wit,” said Kruse. “The morning session will be in Samoan, starting at 8:45 am to 12:30 pm at the Lee Auditorium and light refreshments will be served then, the English session (exact same workshops, no difference except for the language) will begin at 12:45 pm and end at 4:45 pm.  There will be presentations and tables to help answer questions, according to Kruse, who said the DOC will elaborate on obtaining a business license and the Land Use Permit Application, while DBAS will focus on how to attain loans, tax information and filing and how to structure your business financing (corporate, non-profit, sole proprietorship, etc.) She further stated that ANZ will also be presenting banking information and how to get loans. “Please be mindful, this is just the first installment of workshops, there will be many more to come to assist Samoan owned businesses in the territory.”
DMWR focuses on Samoan delicacy: the Coconut Crab
By B. Chen, Samoa News Correspondent
Our best known land crab is the large and edible coconut crab (Birgus latro), which weighs 4-7 pounds and has a leg span up to about 30 inches. in Samoan — “Uu”. [National Park Service blogsite]
Dear Editor, I am writing this very simple and humble request on behalf of the golfers of American Samoa appealing to Gov. Lolo M. Moliga to please refrain the Golf Course management from cutting down any more plants and trees (Papata, Nonu, Ti, Fau and Coconut) at the Golf Course in Iliili. These flower plants and trees pose no threat to the Golf Course, to the Golfers or to the environment. As a matter of fact, these plants and trees were planted by the previous management over the years because they serve many purposes and provide other unique functions such as: 1. Beautify the surroundings of the golf course. 2. Protect the golf course from wind erosion and possibly mudslides. 3. Provide fresh air which allows relief from heat. 4. Provide temporary shelter or coverage when it rains. 5. Give out H2O (oxygen) which is suitable for our daily lives; 6. Nonu and ti are known Samoa’s traditional medicinal plants or trees which are used as sunscreen to protect the skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays; 7. The coconut fruits (niu, popo) are healthy refreshments; 8. The leaves when decomposed, turn into fertilizer which then add new soil that helps the fairways grow greener. They are not LAPISI as the new golf course management claims; and 9. Many other functions that are beyond mankind’s comprehension. If the new management wishes to improve the image at the Golf Course, may I suggest to start with the following: 1. Bathrooms/Locker-rooms; 2. Maintain/Repair Greens; 3. Maintain/Repair fairways; and 4. Clean/power wash #19 Hole; Congratulations for the good job on the construction of the stonewall at #13 & #14 tee box. Keep up the good work. All in all, please make the golfers’ voices be heard and be first, like your campaign slogan said. And once again, please “Protect, and do not destroy the serenity and the beauty of nature” at the Golf Course in Iliili. Have a nice day. Respectfully,T. Mauga
Letter to the Editor
The coconut crab is a hunted specialty food for the Samoan people, but little is known of the species. That is why the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) is spearheading the Coconut Crab Project entitled: “Population Biology and Ecology of the Coconut Crab, Birgus latro,” to determine this special animal’s abundance and distribution. Through information submitted via email to DMWR Director Dr. Ruth MatagiTofiga earlier this week, DMWR wildlife biologist Alden Tagarino, who is in charge of the project, explained that the coconut crab project was tabled for a while because no biologist took over the project until the middle of the last quarter of fiscal year 2012. Tagarino said field testing of protocols were conducted on a good number of coconut crabs in the Swains Island. Since the eradication of feral pigs, there has been a healthy population of coconut crabs in that area. The project is ongoing in the Manu’a Islands, and a tentative schedule for fieldwork there is set for next month from April 22-26. Tagarino will conduct the fieldwork for the Manu‘a project, with assistance from DMWR volunteer Saifoi Fa’aumu. Initial talks with the village mayor there took place last November. The next step will be field testing of the protocols in the Manu’a Islands, focusing specifically on Ofu Island. The survey has been implemented in Ofu and it is already scheduled in the activities for the current fiscal year. At present, there is no estimated count of how many coconut crabs are on island. “It will take another year or two to come up with an idea of how many, or a relative abundance of the species,” Tagarino said. He explained that coconut crabs are important because it is a specialty food or delicacy for Samoans, usually served during special occasions; and because they are a hunted species and a food source, coconut crabs can be a source of livelihood for some people. “Therefore, it is a resource that we should protect. We need to make sure future generations can still harvest coconut crabs,” Tagarino said. Coconut crabs are not harmful to local animal and plant life. But they are the top predators in some inhabited islands in the Pacific, as they can grow up to a meter across. Tagarino explained, “This animal is part of the food web and therefore, plays an important role when you look at the ecosystem as a whole.” He added that at the moment, they do not have a lot of funds to conduct an intensive survey for the project. The project is still in the infancy stage, involving testing protocols, gathering more literature on the species, etc. Coconut crabs can be seen from the coastal areas, especially during full moon or new moon, depending on the stages of the animal’s development. Females discharge the eggs in the surf zone, preferably in the rocky areas, while adults have been recorded up in the mountainous areas like Olo Ridge in Vatia. Coconut crabs can be dangerous if they are not handled properly and can cause serious injury. More information on the coconut crab project can be obtained by contacting Alden Tagarino directly at 633-4456. © Osini Faleatasi Inc. reserves all rights.
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Thank You & Fa’afetai Tele
We will never be able to find the right and proper words to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all of you who donated food, drinks, money, talents and time during our Fundraiser for Harry Miller. Therefore, we are greatful for every donation, and deeply apologize if we have failed to mention anyone. We couldn’t have done it without the help from the community. Fa’afetai tele lava, thank you very much and May God Bless you all.
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• Leo & Pikasone Young (Peter Young’s sons) Terry & Sepp Steffany • Sandy Ilaoa Rochelle & Rodney Reid • Iosefo Tufele Peter Crispin • Lafine Sele Agnes & Donald Vargo • Joe Weilenman Olelia Gaisoa • Catherine Adler Mona & Nicholas King • Tafananai & Aristides Arogivondis Lua Ohana Retreat – Koshon & Lawrence Lua Tapumanaia & Sandy Satele • Fiu Johnny Saelua Dave Robinson • Debbie Suren Luana & Iki Scanlan • Abe Voigt Vanessa Annesley • Bill Maxey Marcus Langkilde
INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS - FOOD AND/OR DRINKS: MASTER OF Sarah & Save Tuitele Ita & Smitty Lutu CEREMONY: Susie Teleso Maggie Craddick Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde Ma’oputasi Raynette & Ulale P. Ulale Rochelle Reid Willie Teleso Patty Page & Dale Long Teri Hunkin Caroline Maxey Chande Lutu-Drabble Sonya & Si’uleo ‘Chico’ Pouesi Isabel & Dean Hudson Lamala & Joseph Tufele & Olelia Gaisoa Iosua To’afa – Painting for Auction Norma & Doug Smith SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO BOUGHT TICKETS: Dave Ifopo Uti Gebauer Doug Berquist Paul Atafua Amio M. Lutu Mapu Jamias Katie M. Tupua Jack Tinitali Mauga Siua Tasi Scanlon Maggie Craddick Monica Yandall Moli Lemana Soloma Seva’aetasi David Yakim Mikaele Siua Tony Langkilde Theresa Mageo Pauline Brown Andy Berquist Regina Latan Te’o Misi Mike Crook David Brown Leslie Cardin Dr. Jacinta Gale’ai Edwina Sefo Silla Faulkner Eric Wood Carmello Modesta Geoff Gerrone Jeff Smith Vili Ame Doug Tuigamala Irene Niedo La Poasa/Misaalefua Antonina Schmidt Teuila Passi Ma’oputasi R. Uhrle Larry Talayawa Toetasi Tuiteleleapaga Don & Brenda Hoffman Dr. Ernest Than Tun Oo Jennifer Tarnay Dr. C.L. Cheshire Donna McMear James Mageo Sonny Sauafea
At the Door: In the Kitchen: Bartenders: Sandra King-Young Elena Naicamaki Latu Kupu Alofia Lobendahn-Afalava Sala Skeete Willie Teleso Siteri Buatava Iki Scanlan On the Floor: Teri Hunkin Marcus Langkilde Tammy Craddick `Hope Johnson Parking Attendants: Technical Assistants: Peter Iosefa Laupepa Lia’ina Aoto’a Tuitasi Nu’u Seva’aetasi (Ice Cream Man)
Total Cash Donations, Tickets Sold & Tasi’s Taualuga 9,994.00 Less Miscellaneous Expenses: 2,278.00 Total Amount Given to Harry Miller...............................$7,716.00
Fa’afetai tele lava and thank you very much. Members of the Samoa Musicians Association.
BANDS & MUSICIANS WHO ATTENDED AND/OR PERFORMED: BANDS: SMA: MAD HATTERS: AREA 5150: Ulale P. Ulale David Pouesi Rata Afalava Si’uleo ‘Chico’ Pouesi Si’uleo Pouesi, Jr. Dom Doug Smith Reyona Pouesi LJ Solo Francis Leleua Tuileisu Pouesi BJ Joseph Tufele Shane Alvarez Malakai Lavata’i (off-island) HAWAIIAN PANIOLOS: THREE LEGGED DOG Dave Jennings Joey Cummings Dalen Jennings James Kneubuhl Don Jennings Randy DeWees Lawrence Lua MUSICIANS: Bernard Scanlan Harry Miller, Jr. Ali’imau JR. Scanlan Hereme Galoia Henry Tavake Egele Seumanutafa Rev. Peke Anoa’i Sa Vienna Vaito’a Hans Langkilde John Fanene Mary Andersen Iosefa Tufele Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde George Reid Ritaea Galoia The Fijian Singers: Larry, Siteri, Sala, Vili & Teddy
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With just 60 employees, Tri Marine’s tuna canning plant in Atu’u is nothing like the former Samoa Packing plant that employed more than 2000 workers before closing down in September 2009. The plant site is anything but sleepy, however, as work progresses on the $55 million transformation of the cramped industrial site. Tri Marine officials say they hope to increase their workforce to between 1,200-1,500 people by the end of 2014, but the company’s timeline for hiring workers is dependent on obtaining a federal permit to rebuild a seawall and fill in some shallow harbor lands. Once the permit is received, 16 months of complicated retrofitting and construction will change the existing dilapidated buildings into a modern tuna cannery. “We feel a sense of urgency to get started with our cannery and move beyond our current practice of exporting the tuna our local fleet catches to be processed elsewhere,” emphasized Alfonso Pete Galeai of Tri Marine. “Every day of delay costs the company money; we hope to receive the federal approval by the end of April.” One construction project is almost complete. Invisible from the road, dozens of workers from Paramount Builders and other construction companies are putting the finishing touches on a large cold storage building that will more than double the freezer-capacity of Tri Marine. The new building, which will be dedicated on April 12, will hold 5,000 tons of frozen fish, or the equivalent of four full purse-seiner loads. The large freezer capacity will decrease the need for “reefer-ships” in the harbor and help Tri Marine realize its vision of Pago Pago as its hub for South Pacific fisheries. But a cold storage building, even a state-ofthe-art $10 million beauty like Tri Marine is building, doesn’t provide hundreds of jobs for American Samoan residents. Only a new cannery can provide that level of jobs. A year ago, Tri Marine said it was going to build a new state-of-the-art tuna cannery in two phases, and phase one would provide 500800 jobs. Then, in August 2012, the company decided to consolidate the two phases and build out the entire new cannery at one time. The new plans call for a plant that employs as many as 1,500 workers, divided into two production shifts and one late-night clean-up crew. Work on the cannery part of the construction project has been limited so far. From the vantage point of the main road it does not appear as if any-
thing has been done since Samoa Packing decamped for Georgia. In fact, the area looks worse than it ever has. But behind the ugly walls, extensive demolition and clean up has already taken place. Once inside the walls, a visitor immediately notices that the old buildings have been emptied of old equipment and cleaned up. In fact, 20 containers of salvaged material have been shipped off for recycling, but none of the old, discarded cannery equipment has been replaced. What’s going on? “We are waiting for a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” explains Dan Sullivan, a Tri Marine executive who has a long history in American Samoa. “We have plans drawn up for a new cannery that will be built inside the shells of the existing structures, but we are not going to start on that part of the project until we get the federal permit for the seawall and the infill. The small piece of new infill land is crucial to the design of our new cannery,” said Ian Boatwood, the General Manager in Atu’u. Tri Marine applied for the federal permit two years ago and is hopeful that the final review is underway and a favorable decision will be made next month. Governor Lolo Moliga recently urged the Army Corps to expedite the permit review, because he says that critical economic development initiatives, such as Tri Marine’s, are being held back by the lengthy review process. One remarkable feature of the plans for the new cannery is the specification of air-conditioned workspaces for the fish cleaners. StarKist Samoa has an air-conditioned area for one small portion of its fish cleaning crew, but Tri Marine intends to put all its fish cleaners in climate-controlled rooms. Another welcome feature of the plans, which should start soon, is the recladding of all its buildings so that the Tri Marine facility will present a more pleasing appearance to travelers on the main road. The new tuna cannery is designed to process 250-300 tons of fish each day, which is slightly less than Samoa Packing processed in the past. The company presently plans to purchase its power from ASPA, whereas Samoa Packing had at times generated its own power. One part of the new plant is being established as a fresh fish processing center, rather than a cannery. The center, which is in pilot stages right now, prepares premium albacore and yellow fin tuna for the overseas fresh fish market. The carefully handled fish, which is purchased mostly from foreign
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Gov. Lolo slates Leadership and Ethics workshop for all directors
by Fili Sagapolutele Samoa News Correspondent
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To ensure “ethical behavior” and to continue good leadership practices from all ASG directors, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has set up a two-day “Leadership and Ethics Workshop” next month. The governor’s move is to ensure at the start of his administration that all directors fully understand their role as leaders as well as ethical questions involved. “In recognition of the importance of leadership and ethics with regard to the positions that we now assume, it is deemed essential for all of us to revisit principles central to how we discharge our duties and responsibilities,” Lolo said in the memo. He said it’s universally recognized and acknowledged that leadership is pivotal to the success of any organization and success within the “court of public opinion” places ethical leadership as a priority criterion. “Hence, the success of our administration will be judged by the ethical behavior of our cadre of leadership corps,” he pointed out. “We promised our people that our administration is dedicated to the basic tenet of
‘doing the right things the right way all the time’.” “As leaders, it is our obligation to adhere faithfully to the simple precept and to ensure that this vision is shared by all the employees of the American Samoa Government,” he said, and added it’s “mandatory that all directors participate in this workshop.” Directors have been requested by the governor to “make necessary schedule preparations to ensure your participation in these two days of professional exchange” set for Apr. 5-6 from 8a.m. to 4p.m. at the Lee Auditorium. The workshop will be facilitated by San Diego State University, which already has a cohort program with ASG for government employees seeking higher degrees in education and other subject areas. At last August’s graduation, then candidate for governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and then candidate for lieutenant governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, both received their degrees. They were among the 51 individuals who received master’s degrees. In May 2009, former governor Togiola Tulafono ordered
an ethics training for all directors and deputy directors. Togiola said at the time that the training and workshop is to remind directors and deputy directors the important of ethics and good work behavior. “If leaders [in departments] are consistent with ethnics and good working habits, that will help workers as well,” he said. The ethics training and later a leadership workshop, came at the start Togiola’s second term in office.
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Palm Sunday, March 24th One Combined Mass at 8:00am. Our procession will start from the Saint Joseph Malae to the Cathedral. Monday, March 25th 6:00am Samoan Mass as usual 7:00pm Confessions for the entire Parish Tuesday, March 26th 6:00pm Chrism Mass and Renewal of Vows for all the Diocesan Priests. No morning Mass at 6:00am as usual Wednesday, March 27th 6:00am Samoan Mass as usual 6:00pm Novena Mass at Hope House Chapel Holy Thursday, March 28th 7:00pm Mass of the Last Supper - One Combined Mass followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Hall until 11:45pm Good Friday, March 29th 6:00am Stations of the Cross outside by Fr. Faitau and the Parish Youth 12:00n Seven last words of Jesus - Filipino in the Auditorium 3:00pm Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion Saturday of Easter Vigil - March 30th 9:00pm Mass of Easter Vigil Easter Sunday, March 31st 5:30am Salubong Mass Filipino Community 7:30am Mass of Resurrection (Samoan) 9:30am Mass of Resurrection English (International) No Benediction as usual at 4:00 pm
House spares military’s tuition aid program
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has spared a program that provides tuition aid to active duty military from the budget knife. The House cleared a massive spending bill on Thursday that includes a provision restoring the program for the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. The legislation, passed on a bipartisan 318-109 vote, now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Faced with some $43 billion in automatic, across-the-board cuts that kicked in March 1, the military had suspended the program in a budget-cutting move, saying they could save $250 million to $300 million. Two senators — Republican Jim Inhofe and Democrat Kay Hagan — fought to preserve the program that allows active military to attend school part time while serving. The two argued that it was vital for recruitment and retention in the all-volunteer force. The Senate, on a voice vote Wednesday, backed an amendment instructing the Pentagon to find money elsewhere in the defense budget to keep the program alive. “This is something I have talked about to our troops in the field,” Inhofe, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee, said during a brief debate in the Senate on Wednesday. “Many of them were so alarmed that it was even suggested they would take away the very thing that caused them to enlist in the first place.” Last year, members of the active military took 870,000 courses and earned 50,500 degrees, diplomas and certificates, according to the senators. “It truly does help prepare our service members for a successful transition into the civilian workforce when they choose to leave the military,” said North Carolina’s Hagan, a member of the Armed Services panel. The military had already approved payments in the program, but the suspension would have affected military personnel looking to cover the cost for classes in the summer and fall semesters. Inhofe pointed out that the nation’s young veterans face high unemployment when they leave the military. The latest Labor Department numbers out Thursday suggested that the jobs outlook has improved for veterans, especially those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The annual report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans fell from 12.1 in 2011 to 9.9 percent last year. That’s above the national unemployment rate of 7.7 percent in February.
Youth Digital Economy Seminar
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs Office
A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building, 2nd Floor Moderator: John Wasko, Busy Corner Magazine The “Digital Economy” seminar for youth prepares future internet entrepreneurs about the software, strategies and style of electronic or “E-Commerce”. “Digital Economy” foresees the next 21st century step in American Samoa’s economic development. Only 25 slots for youths between the ages of 18 and 35 Call to register at 633-2835
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samoa news, Friday, March 22, 2013
by Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu Samoa News Reporter
Thief caught – he took a picture of himself on ‘returned’ stolen phone
said crime, up to $20,000 or both fine and imprisonment while the property damage count is a class B misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to six months, a fine of up to $500 or both. The new case stems from incidents that occurred in September 2012 when the Magic Circus of Samoa was on island. The defendant is accused of breaking into three parked vehicles. According to the government’s case, Police Detective Geoffrey Tagaloa was assigned to investigate the case. Court filings say the first car that was broken into was a Toyota pickup truck where ATM cards, a military ID, insurance policies, an iPod Touch, and three cellular phones were taken. Another car was broken into the next day where the defendant allegedly broke the back window of the vehicle. The woman told police the zipper to her purse was opened and that she was missing loose change and a ula containing twelve $1 bills, and the glove compartment of her car was also damaged. Another car was allegedly broken into and the complainant informed police that her wedding ring, engagement ring, camera and iPad were stolen out of her car. Court filings say, during the course of the investigation, one of the victim’s cell phones that was stolen was subsequently returned, and on it, the “believed-to-be thief” had taken a photo of himself with the phone, which led police to bring him in for questioning. The defendant then told police that on Sept. 7, 2012, at Lion’s Park, he (the defendant) and another man broke into a Toyota pickup truck and stole three phones. On a separate night he broke the rear window of another car, while another man jumped into the car and stole 2 bags and an iPad out of the car. Titio said they sold the stolen iPad, camera and hard drive. Police confirmed the man who purchased the iPad from the defendant for $100, and the iPad, camera and hard drive were recovered. The previous cases against the defendant are in connection with a break-in which occurred June 13, 2012 at the Jade Restaurant in Nu’uuli. According to the government’s case, the restaurant was reported to be burglarized while it was closed, and the culprits were alleged to have gained entrance from a window in the women’s restroom located at the back of the restaurant. It’s alleged $100 in coins was taken from the cash register, along with six bottles of hard liquor and 12 bottles of beer, altogether valued at $336. The estimated cost of the broken window is $120, and the cash register was also damaged. Police interviewed Titio Jr. who admitted that he and three juveniles, including his little brother came up with a plan to break into Jade’s restaurant. He’s also the defendant in connection with two burglaries at Sepp’s Wholesale store in the Industrial Park, in February 2012.
Got my fe’e, less than lua tala, got my photo field credentials, and today we all get our beloved Manu Samoa from the Hong Kong Sevens. See Sports section daily for latest HK7s photos [photo: Barry Markowitz] and updates from our correspondent.
The Attorney General’s office has filed their third case against Asofa Titio Jr. in connection with a string of car break-ins and thefts last year September. This latest case filed against the defendant charges him with three counts of stealing, two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of property damage. The stealing and receiving stolen property charges are class C felonies punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years, a fine $5,000, a fine equal to twice the amount of gain from the commission of
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Aso Soifua: Tesema 29, 1946 ~ Aso Maliu: Mati 9, 2013
E faapei ona faatulou le Mata’utia, e faapena ona ou faalatalata atu ile ava male migao e tatau ai, i lau faafofoga-silasila Samoa, mai le Matasaua na’itea ai malama, e oo atu i le tai ula’ula o Nafanua na gase ai le Tapuitea. Tulou, tulou, tulou lava. E faasilasila atu male faaaloalo lava i le mamalu ole aiga Sa Matamatapese, ole paia I paolo ma gafa, o uo ma aumeamamae, a e maise uso galulue i le fe’au a le Atua, le to’ai o le valaau pa’ia a le Atua i le Tofa ia MATAMATAPESE MASELINO, o le na nofo sa’o i Atalausi, Siufaga, Manu’a. O le po ole Aso Toona’i Mati 9, na usu filemu ai le fono, a o tofa i lona laoa i Laulii. E le i gasegase. E le i saua foi i se au fuefue pe tu’ia i se tao velopo a o le finagalo e le ma seua o le Silisili Ese. Ua tuua ai nei le Tausi ia Matauaina, ma le paia o le aiga i ona faleao e fia, faapea le nofo a alo, a e malaga le tama e tali le valaau a lona Matai. Ua lia’iina aa a e fulisia le laau tele; ua tulolo foi le olo punimatagi
sa malu ai aiga. E ui ina loloto ma ogaoga le tui a le oti, a e le finau le fia ola pea, i le pule mai le Lagi. Ua a’oa’o mai le Tala Lelei, o le ala i le fau o le maliu ma le tuugamau. E le meleina la pe faameo aiga i le valaau paia, aua o le faitotoa lena e ulufale ai i le Manuia. Matou te faapea atu ai le tama pele, “Alu ia Pese, alu i le lagi o loo faatali mai ai lou taui e tele.” O le to o le timu i Malaetele, o le a taoto faamaene i tai loloto, se’ia tatala le ta’uisa a Tootoo o le Faleula, ma le paia i le Faletolu. O le gasolosolo o ao ma le taape o papa i Laloniu ma Falemalama, faagalu ia e le fati se’ia tula’i le tootoo fetalai o i la’ua Matua ma le paia i le Atisua. Ou te faapa’i atu foi ma le faaaloalo tele i le lagia o Lalofau ma Olotele e afifio ai so’u paolo tupu ma so’u taupega afa. E iai se taimi e fetalai ai oulua le Faiga e tusa ma upu o lagi.
Aso Sa, Mati 24 - 4:00 i le afiafi Aso Faraile, Mati 29 - 12:00 i le aoauli Aso Toonai, Mati 30 - 10:00 i le aeao Sauniga a le Aiga (Family Service), Malumalu EFKAS i Laulii. (Saturo o le Ola) Sauniga, Maota Gasegase Itula e 1:00 i le aoauli, Sauniga, Malumalu EFKAS, Laulii (Satauro o le Ola) Sauniga faai’u, Laoa o Vaimaona, Laulii.
O LE TATALO: Le Atua e, afai ua tutogi lagaali, ia ola paogo; afai ua amia le tama o le aiga, ia ola le fanau e tautua Lau Afio, ma tautua le paia i aiga, paolo ma gafa. Soifua, Matauaina Matamatapese ma le fanau Vaimaona Faafetai Ialiva ma le aiga.
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samoa news, Friday, March 22, 2013
by Fili Sagapolutele, Samoa News Correspondent
Corrective actions for Teen Challenge & Catholic Services
Tri Marine managers Ian Boatwood (left) and Alfonso Pete Galeai (right) are seen in one of the empty and cleaned-up old buildings that once housed a bustling tuna canning operation for Samoa Packing. If all goes well, a new building will be built inside this building shell so that a new cannery employing 1,200 to 1,500 workers can be open by the end of 2014. Fish cleaners at the new Tri Marine plant will work in climate controlled rooms, which will be a big change from previous conditions at Samoa Packing. [photo: Ti’otala]
➧ Tri Marine anxious to push forward…
flag longliners, is sent out via the Friday air cargo flight to Japan and the U.S. west coast. When operating at full capacity, Tri Marine hopes to ship out 10-20 tons per week of fresh fish (the air cargo plane can handle 18-tons each week at present). Although the quantity is small, the price paid for this premium product is very high. The fresh fish project has already started, but it has been highly variable as supply from the local fleet is not consistent. One unusual week, 14 tons were shipped out via the airfreight service. Tri Marine hopes to get consistent supplies of high quality fresh fish from the local alia and longliner fleets, but the local fleet lacks the on-board ice-making capability needed for that product. The Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council, along with the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, have agreed to help the local fleet by paying part of the cost for a new low-height jetty at Tri Marine where alias can easily offload their fish, and special fish-handling training for local fishermen. The expensive equipment for on-board ice-making is still a missing part of the equation, according to Carlos Sanchez, who owns several longliners and alias and is hopeful that programs will be implemented to help local boat owners finance ice-making equipment for their boats. (In addition, StarKist Samoa has raised a concern that the new jetty, which is partially funded with public money, appears to be favoring its competitor, but SKS doesn’t have a program to buy fresh fish from the small alia fleet, which is presently largely inactive.) While Tri Marine works on its Atu’u site, the company continues to manage its fleet of 10 locally based purse seiners. The catches from these seiners are either sold to StarKist Samoa or shipped out of the territory on “reefer ships” which load the frozen fish while purse seiners tie up alongside reefer ships anchored in Pago Pago harbor. When the new cold storage building is commissioned next month, all the fish can be offloaded directly at the Tri Marine dock and placed in the cold storage until it is exported. When the new cannery is built and made operational, the frozen fish can then be shifted from the dock (or cold storage building) directly to the cannery, or sold to StarKist, or exported. This flexibility is key to Tri Marine’s plans. Although Tri Marine operates canneries in other locales, its main business is the buying and selling of fish on a global scale. In fact, the company claims to handle 15% of the worldwide tuna catch one way or another. The privately owned company says it is going to make Pago Pago a “hub” for fishing and processing operation in this part of the world. Tri
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Marine believes that in the past, the tuna fishing industry in this part of the Pacific was based on a simple framework: countries and regional bodies sold fishing licenses and US purse seiners were able to buy them with federal subsidies. Tri Marine believes that the owners of the fish resources (i.e., South Pacific countries) want to be more active in the management of their valuable fish resources and want to earn more money and derive more value (e.g., employment for their citizens) from those resources. But Tri Marine says that not every country is able to host a tuna cannery for various reasons (e.g., lack of water) and they believe Pago Pago is the best place to operate a comprehensive center for unloading fishing boats, fleet support, tuna processing, accepting premium fresh fish, and managing the fishery in this part of the Pacific (just as Papua New Guinea is the best alternative in that part of the Pacific). Tri Marine is encouraging other countries--such as the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Niue-- to view an American Samoa hub as an asset in the development of their fishing resources. Tri Marine says the large investment they are making here is part of their strategy to secure a consistent, stable supply of fish for many years to come. Tri Marine believes this strategy will provide them with a competitive advantage as fish become scarcer and more carefully managed by the countries that own sovereign fishing rights. According to its web site, Tri Marine grosses $500 million a year and its Chairman, Renato Curto, holds the controlling interest. The “trimarinegroup.com” website includes this message from Chairman Curto (who will be in American Samoa next month for the dedication of the new cold storage building): “Tuna is a limited, but renewable resource. Eventually, demand for tuna will exceed its supply. We therefore need to protect it and conserve it. I am convinced that macroeconomic principles will increase the value of tuna. With increasing value, many will try to profit from the fishery, even at the risk of depleting the resource and possibly destroying it. We need to be proactive and encourage our governments to impose fishing vessel capacity limitations and proper management and conservation. “As the value of the resource increases, so will the benefits to coastal states having EEZs where tuna is caught. This is important, especially to those states which depend so heavily on tuna to sustain their economies.” Curto also believes the tuna can be a better food product, commanding higher prices, and that consumers will benefit from the trend towards higher value (and better tasting) tuna.
The U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made several detailed recommendations to help the local Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) strengthen its monitoring of civil rights under USDOJ grants. OCR also provided recommendations for CJPA to ensure full compliance of its two sub recipients of federal grants especially in the area of federal regulations and laws. The findings, along with the recommendations, were outlined in a January letter to then Criminal Justice Planning Agency director Taufete’e John Faumuina Jr. (Samoa News had reported on this 20-page letter report in the Mar. 15, 20, and 21 editions.) The letter-report from OCR followed last May’s OCR site visit of CJPA for compliance review dealing with federal civil rights law. Of particular interest to OCR is compliance with the federal regulations issued in 2004 on the Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, also known as the Equal Treatment Regulations or ‘Regulations’, which among other things instructed federally funded faith-based organizations not to discriminate in the delivery of services or benefits based on religion or to use federal funds for inherently religious activities. CJPA RECOMMENDATIONS The CJPA already has in place a number of procedures to monitor the compliance of its sub recipients with various grant requirements, according to the report. To strengthen the CJPA’s civil rights monitoring efforts, the OCR offers the following recommendations: • develop grant agreement provisions regarding federal civil rights/nondiscrimination obligations, • develop a monitoring protocol that covers items regarding federal civil rights laws, • provide training to all sub recipients regarding their obligations to comply with federal civil rights laws, • provide information and training to CJPA personnel on the Agency’s employment nondiscrimination policy and procedures, • develop a comprehensive policy for addressing discrimination complaints, • allow sub recipients to demonstrate their nonprofit status by any of the means identified in the DOJ’s Equal Treatment Regulations, and • ensure that Catholic Social Services and Teen Challenge comply with the requirements of the Equal Treatment Regulations. TEEN CHALLENGE & CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES OCR recommends CJPA should take corrective action to improve its monitoring of Catholic Social Services and Teen Challenge and “to ensure that, going forward, these sub recipients use their federal financial assistance in ways that comply with the requirements of the Equal Treatment Regulations.” To ensure that both organizations understand their obligations under this regulatory provision, the CJPA should provide a copy of the Regulations to each sub recipient’s executive director, OCR recommends. CJPA should also require all of the employees of both sub recipients to watch the OCR’s training video on the responsibilities of faith-based recipients of federal financial assistance. (OCR provided a specific link to the video) Regarding the Catholic Social Services, the CJPA “should prohibit the sub recipient from relying on its federally funded counselor to conduct Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings,” OCR recommends. “It should also ensure that these inherently religious activities are not supported by any federally funded administrative resources, which may require the sub recipients to hold all of its substanceabuse sessions in a meeting space that does not benefit from federal financial assistance,” said OCR. As to Teen Challenge, the CJPA should ensure that the sub recipient: • remove those provisions of its brochure that promote, endorse, or favor religion, • refrain from using federally funded equipment to engage in any inherently religious activity, • obtain parental consent to invite a youth to any separate and distinct religious activities, • discontinue its reliance on religious-related questions in evaluating those beneficiaries who participate in federally funded programs or services, and • remove the reference to scripture on the last page of its youth assessment survey. “In evaluating any application from Catholic Social Services or Teen Challenge for future DOJ grant funds, the CJPA should carefully consider whether either applicant remains in non compliance with the Equal Treatment Regulations,” said OCR. If the CJPA decides that either organization is in fact qualified to receive another grant award, it should include a special condition in the governing grant agreement that describes in detail the applicable requirements of the Regulations,” it says.
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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, leave after a joint news conference at the Muqata Presidential Compound, in the West Bank town of Ramallah, (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Thursday, March 21, 2013.
American Samoa Power Authority
PO Box PPB, Pago Pago American Samoa 96799 Phone: (684) 699-3057 Fax No: (684) 699-3046
Position Summary: The Business & Finance Manager (BFM) is responsible for directing the financial and accounting functions of ASPA in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Government Accounting Standards Board, FERC and other regulatory and advisory organizations and in accordance with financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the utility and professional services industry. The BFM is one of the most senior positions of the Management team at ASPA. As such he or she will over see the Accounting & Finance, Customer Service, Materials Management and ICT. ASPA seeks an experienced financial executive with appropriate industry experience, including that in a multi-service utility; an energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards, sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment and strong operational focus. He or she is well organized and a self-directed team player who can relate to people at all levels of an organization and possesses excellent communication skills; a good educator and skilful mentor to staff; an excellent negotiator who is experienced with contracts, grants and financing options; a decisive individual who possesses a “big picture” perspective and is well versed in systems; an individual with general knowledge of utility operations including utility rate structures and rate setting principles and methods; Educational Requirements and Experience: Bachelors degree in Accounting or Financial Management from a United States accredited institution. An MBA in Accounting or closely related area is preferred. Fifteen (15) years of professional experience in private sector and governmental or financial accounting, including experience in a management position. Candidate with successful experience turning around troubled companies or organizations; converting management information systems from one to another successfully, will be considered favorably. Minimum 3 years of multi-service utility related work experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience must be included in the fifteen years above. Licensing Requirements: A Certified Public Accountant(CPA) or a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) from a United States jurisdiction. Base Salary: $100K – 120K plus good benefits.Candidates are subject to a financial background check as part of the screening process. Closing date is Friday, March 22, 2013 at 4:00pm To Apply— Send application and resumé to: American Samoa Power Authority P.O. Box PPB Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 Attention: HR Manager jobs@aspower.com
(PRESS RELEASE) — Mar. 21, 2013 — Washington, D.C. — Congressman Faleomavaega and colleagues introduced today H.R. 1278, the Non-Disparagement of Native American Persons or Peoples in Trademark Registration Act of 2013. This bill seeks to clarify certain protections provided by the Trademark Act of 1946 (Lanham Act), which prohibits registration of trademarks that use disparaging terms like “redskin.” The following Members of Congress are original cosponsors of H.R. 1278: Tom Cole (R-OK), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Karen Bass (D-CA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), John Lewis (D-GA), Michael Honda (D-CA), and Donna Christensen (D-VI). “For decades, our nation’s indigenous peoples have fought to protect themselves from the public humiliation and discrimination associated with the racial slur ‘redskin,’” Faleomavaega said. “Despite the Native Americans’ efforts before administrative agencies and the courts, the term ‘redskin’ remains protected as a federally registered trademark. The use of the word is hurtful and insulting to our nation’s first inhabitants and their descendants. Now is the time to end this injustice.” The Lanham Act requires the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to refuse to register any trademark that “[c]onsists of or comprises . . . matter which may disparage . . . persons, living or dead . . . or bring them into contempt, or disrepute.” 15 U.S.C. § 1502(a). The PTO has denied registration of trademarks using the word “redskin” on four separate occasions on grounds of disparagement – three times in 1996 and once in 2002. Additionally, in 1992, seven Native American leaders petitioned the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to cancel the federal registrations over six trademarks using the term “redskin.” The TTAB in 1999 ruled that the term “redskin” may, in fact, disparage American Indians, and cancelled the registrations. On appeal, the federal court reversed the TTAB’s decision, holding that the petitioners waited too long after coming of age to file their petition. A new group of Native American young people petitioned the TTAB to cancel the registrations of the offending trademarks in 2006. The TTAB held a hearing on March 7, 2013. A final decision has yet to be made. The following organizations have endorsed this bill: National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Morning Star Institute, International Indian Treaty Council, American Indian Movement – West, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Americans for Indian Opportunity, Capitol Area Indian Resources, Inc., Americans for Indian Opportunity, American Indian Studies – University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, National Indian Education Association, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property – American University, Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras (Indigenous Alliance Without Borders), National Indian Education Association, Native American Finance Officers Association, and Tulsa Indian Coalition Against Racism. “H.R. 1278 would cancel existing federal registrations for trademarks using the term ‘redskin.’ It would also deny registration for new trademarks incorporating the term ‘redskin.’ As in the decision made by TTAB in 1999, they ruled, in fact, that the term ‘redskin’ was a disparaging term.” “Some may say that this legislation is an attempt to censor or remove the freedom of a professional team in naming its franchise. However, this legislation merely reinforces federal law that prohibits the use of disparaging terms towards a group of people, such as ‘redskin’. It is unfortunate that the federal government continues to protect the use of ‘redskin’ knowing that the term is degrading and humiliating.” “I want to thank my colleagues for their support of this historical legislation. I am hopeful that the Congress will move expeditiously on ensuring that disparaging terms such as ‘redskin’ is not protected by the federal government,” Faleomavaega concluded.
Faleomavaega, others introduce bill to cancel US trademark registrations using the word “redskin”
Scientists find universe is 80 million years older
PARIS (AP) — A new examination of what is essentially the universe’s birth certificate allows astronomers to tweak the age, girth and speed of the cosmos, more secure in their knowledge of how it evolved, what it’s made of and its ultimate fate. Sure, the universe suddenly seems to be showing its age, now calculated at 13.8 billion years — 80 million years older than scientists had thought. It’s got about 3 percent more girth — technically it’s more matter than mysterious dark energy — and it is expanding about 3 percent more slowly. But with all that comes the wisdom for humanity. Scientists seem to have gotten a good handle on the Big Bang and what happened just afterward, and may actually understand a bit more about the cosmic question of how we are where we are. All from a baby picture of fossilized light and sound. The snapshot from a European satellite had scientists from Paris to Washington celebrating a cosmic victory of knowledge Thursday — basic precepts that go back all the way to Einstein and relativity. The Planck space telescope mapped background radiation from the early universe — now calculated at about 13.8 billion years old. The results bolstered a key theory called “inflation,” which says the universe burst from subatomic size to its vast expanse in a fraction of a second just after the Big Bang that created the cosmos. “We’ve uncovered a fundamental truth of the universe,” said George Efstathiou, director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge who announced the Planck findings in Paris. “There’s less stuff that we don’t understand by a tiny amount.” The map of the universe’s evolution — in sound echoes and fossilized light going back billions of years — reinforces some predictions made decades ago solely on the basis of mathematical concepts. “We understand the very early universe potentially better than we understand the bottom of our oceans,” said Bob Nichols, director of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth in Britain. “We as humanity put a satellite into space, we predicted what it should see and saw it.” Physicist Sean Carroll of the California Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the project, called it “a big pat on the back for our understanding of the universe.” “In terms of describing the current universe, I think we have a right to say we’re on the right track,” he added. Other independent scientists said the results were comparable on a universal scale to the announcement earlier this month by a different European physics group on a subatomic level — with the finding of the Higgs boson particle that explains mass in the universe. “What a wonderful triumph of the mathematical approach to describing nature. The precision is breathtaking,” Brian Greene, a Columbia University physicist, said in an email Thursday. “The satellite is measuring temperature variations in space — which arose from processes that took place almost 14 billion years ago — to 1 part in a million. Amazing.” The Big Bang theory says the universe was smaller than an atom in the beginning when, in a split second, it exploded, cooled and expanded faster than the speed of light — an idea that scientists call inflation. It’s based in part on Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity — from about 90 years ago. “The universe is described amazingly well by a simple model,” said Charles Lawrence, the lead Planck scientist for NASA, which took part in the research. “What is new is how well the model fits both the old data and the new data from Planck.” The $900 million Planck space telescope, launched in 2009, is named for the German physicist Max Planck, the originator of quantum physics. It has spent 15 1/2 months mapping the sky, examining so-called light fossils and sound echoes from the Big Bang by looking at background radiation. When the light first burst out, it was blinding, but it is now fractions of a degree above absolute zero, Lawrence said. The space telescope is expected to keep transmitting data until late this year, when it runs out of cooling fluid. Planck’s examination of the Big Bang’s afterglow set the universe’s age at about 13.8 billion years. Scientists often round up to 14 billion years anyway, and Caltech’s Carroll said an additional 100 million years is nothing — like adding a month to the age of a 13-year-old. But 100 million years is important, countered Planck scientist Martin White: “100 million years here and there really start to add up.” The new results also mean there’s slightly less dark energy in the universe than scientists figured. Instead of 71.4 percent of the universe being that mysterious force, it’s 68.3 percent. This dark energy is smoothly spread throughout the universe and gives the “push” to its expansion, Carroll said. The results also slightly boosted the amount of dark matter in the universe — up to 26.8 percent — and more normal matter, up to 4.9 percent. The concept known as the Hubble constant, which measures how fast the universe is expanding, was adjusted to be about 3 percent slower than scientists had thought. But the bigger picture was how Planck fit the inflation theory, which physicists came up with more than 30 years ago. Inflation tries to explain some nagging problems left over from the Big Bang. Other space probes have shown that the geometry of the universe is predominantly flat, but the Big Bang said it should curve with time. Another problem was that opposite ends of space are so far apart that they could never have been near each other under the normal laws of physics, but early cosmic microwave background measurements show they must have been in contact. Inflation says the universe swelled tremendously, going “from subatomic size to something as large as the observable universe in a fraction of a second,” Greene said. Planck shows that inflation is proving to be the best explanation for what happened just after the Big Bang, but that doesn’t mean it is the right theory or that it even comes close to resolving all the outstanding problems in the theory, Efstathiou said.
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➧ Lealao clears Senate in unanimous vote…
Lealao explained that they are currently working with the AG and the DOC so that farmers can pay taxes like everyone else. He said the Chinese are vendors with the DOE school lunch program yet they are not paying taxes. Meeting with DOC in the past, Lealao noted that each farmer should have a business license to sell produce. “If DOC can enforce the law about business licenses, they should also have the farmers operate on business licenses, for the benefit of the government.” Lealao further explained that local residents sponsor the Chinese people and register them with the school lunch program, and afterward when DOE pays them, the government does not receive any form of payment or taxation, yet they are receiving money from the government. Regarding produce sold near the main road, the Director said DOC informed him that they cannot ban this because the property on which the produce is sold is on privately owned land which does not belong to the Chinese. Lealao made it clear to the Senators that his comments are not racist, however the government must receive some form of payment from the foreigners. Senator Mauga Tasi Asuega asked the Director on the status of the Koko and the Ulu which Agriculture worked on in the previous years. Lealao explained that if he’s successful in his nomination he will carry on with the projects or programs already underway at the moment, like taro tops (tiapula) and bananas from over-
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seas, which are growing well in the territory. He said the taro tops from Samoa have been tested and are also exported to New Zealand. He said there are also taro tops from the University of Hawai’i, some taro tops are from Ta’u and they currently testing taro tops from Aoa. Lealao noted there is currently a business in San Francisco that is interested in the koko and we have local families who will be selling their koko to this company, while another company, which makes chocolate in Salt Lake City, is also interested in the koko. He said this is the main goal of the DOA — to assist the families and help them meet with the vendors for their benefit. He further explained that they are looking at having plantations in Tau, Ofu and Olosega Manu’a. Lealao then raised concerns about the chemicals the foreigners are using for their plantations, saying it’s unclear what these chemicals are and we are not aware if these chemicals pose a threat. Senator Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono asked how these chemicals entere the territory. The nominee noted that the chemicals used by these foreigners should be checked by the DOA and ASEPA before they are allowed to be used in the plantations, because some people just want to spray these chemicals so the produce will grow faster than a plant which is not sprayed with chemicals. Senator Tuiasina S. Esera urged the Director to look into the new developments that Samoa has, for instance there is oil made from avocado for hair products.
➧ Manu’a shipping solutions in the works…
Sili is awaiting repairs,” said Iulogologo. Human Resources Director Le’i Sonny Thompson, who was assigned by the governor to coordinate a vessel to ferry cargo for Manu’a told Samoa News that “because, it is a fishing vessel, no passengers are allowed, just cargo (material, supplies, dry goods and refrigerated).” He confirmed that he inspected the vessel and it is good condition and can carry up to 80 tons of cargo. Responding to Samoa News questions, Coast Guard Lt. Eric Runyon said yesterday that he is aware that ASG “is looking at interim solutions to move cargo” to the Manu’a islands but he does not have the specific details on who is to provide that service. Runyon is the supervisor in charge of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Unit in the territory. On Tuesday, Samoa News was told by Shipyard Service Authority chairman David Robinson that they are looking at three weeks (21 days) time to get the MV Sili on the slipway but “it all depends on how fast Port Administration will get all of the spare parts needed.” “We don’t want to get into this issue of scheduling the vessel for the slipway and find out that the needed parts have not arrived yet,” Robinson said in a brief phone interview. In a telephone interview with Sanchez, yesterday afternoon, he told Samoa News that the Port Administration Director, Taimalelagi Claire Tuia-Poumele said that because of the
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seriousness of the need for transportation to Manu’a, a cargo voyage using one of his vessels is slated for Tuesday or Wednesday next week. However, a charter of the Fotu-o-Samoa is still on the table due to the passenger restriction of his vessel —it will depend on how long the MV Sili repairs will take to complete, Sanchez said. Coast Guard chief warrant officer Stan LeCain told Samoa News on Wednesday that the MV Sili’s propellers and rudders, located under the vessel, were damaged after hitting a reef last week at Faleasao Harbor. Sanchez, during the telephone interview, explained that he was asked for help by Port with the MV Sili repairs and that he and Sean Gregg and Gregg’s daughter, Valerie, have been working on it — on a volunteer basis — for the last several days, while it’s sitting in the water at the Port dock. The work involves working under water (diving), removing the damaged parts, and assessing for needed parts, according to Sanchez. “The two rudders have already been dropped and floated up — they are now sitting on the dock next to the boat, and Christinna [Sanchez’s wife] has ordered the necessary parts, which will arrive this Monday,” Sanchez said. He continued, they will be dropping the damaged propellors on Monday, to prepare them for shipyard work — “of course this means the shipyard must be prepared in 10 days or so to accept the MV Sili on its slipway.”
➧ Man gets 15 years for raping daughter…
what-so-ever. He was ordered to visit the probation office once he’s released from jail.   According to the plea agreement announced in open court last month, the defendant entered an ‘Alford plea’. The government quoted case law of North Carolina v. Alford, wherein — although the defendant disagreed with the government’s version of what occurred — he understood that the government’s witness (his daughter) could testify at trial that she was forced to have sexual intercourse with him. The defendant admits that he would make his 9-year-old daughter watch pornography and wanted her to perform what was happening in the movie. According to the plea the defendant understands, after advice from his courtappointed counsel, that if this matter were to
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go to trial, he could possibly be convicted of all counts in the information, as charged.  He also admits he was arrested and held at the Tafuna Correctional Facility on Aug. 6, 2011 and he ran away from the jail and eluded police officers.  Defendant said he  knowingly and voluntarily enters his guilty plea believing it is in his best interest to do so. The plea states that the defendant acknowledges the victim is his biological daughter, and the defendant entered an “Alford” guilty plea to rape and incest, to avoid the possibility of more serious consequences should he be convicted of all the charges. As part of the plea agreement, the government moves to dismiss the deviate sexual assault, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a child charges.
It is not often families can assemble five generations together under one roof, but on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, the Voigt family held a very special luncheon at DDW restaurant in Utulei to honor the 75th birthday of Florence Voigt (center, with ula). Seated in front is Florence’s mother, 97 years young Fuea Lam Yuen. Also in the picture is Larry Voigt (Florence’s son); her granddaughter Abbie Voigt and great grandson Nathaniel (3yrs). Congrats to all five generations of the Voigt family and many happy returns!
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➧ Senate rejects TEO nominee in 8-8 vote…
“But what it did not do was address the cost of electricity,” he said. “Today, ASPA has no choice but to continue to purchase diesel at these rates that we cannot control... in American Samoa.” He then shared with senators that he sees the “sea… as an unlimited power source, tappable for all future generations and the ability of American Samoa to take control of its energy needs and its stability” for everyone. “It is my vision to work and focus the Territorial Energy Office on renewable energy power to help ASPA reduce the cost of electricity. Not just focus on conservation — yes this is part of the equation — but to really attack the fundamental costs that ASPA must pass on to the customer,” he said as part of his opening remarks. The first line of questions came from Sen. Mauga T. Asuega, who asked if the nominee has a police record, and the answer was “no”. Mauga then raised several questions including that of solar panels now installed around the Tafuna airport area, and the relationship between ASPA and TEO. Jones responded that TEO’s “relationship today with ASPA is solid”, adding that past problems between ASPA and TEO “were not about the organizations, or the employees or staff — it was about two people, who headed up” the two entities and they “could not get along”. With the change of administration, “those problems were resolved,” said Jones, referring to the new Lolo Administration, which appointed an interim ASPA board, who then appointed Utu Abe Malae as interim boss. And with the new Lolo Administration, came a new director-appointee for TEO. “Today TEO and ASPA “are absolute working hand-in-hand, step-by-step for the betterment of all of American Samoa,” he said. Regarding the solar panels, which were implemented during the last administration, Jones said, this is the “largest solar panel project that we are aware of in the entire South Pacific” and the cost was about $4.5 million. This ASPA project, was funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and the output has a maximum capacity of 1.8 megawatts a day. Regarding the use of wind to generate energy, Jones said federal funds were provided to carry out a wind study in American Samoa with wind censors installed around the island and the study is coming to conclusion soon with results to be released later this year. (ASPA administers this project.) As to the use of ocean as alternative energy, Jones said there is currently nothing in funding or
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an on-going project. “But this is my expertise, it is my vision for American Samoa to tap the sea for a 24-hour reliable energy source,” he said. Another question came from Mauga dealing with TEO’s program for low income residents and the senator also wanted to know if TEO offers any similar programs for the territory’s senior citizens. Jones confirmed that there is an “annual and ongoing program” which focuses on the tradein of old appliance for new ones, that are energy efficient. He said there are criteria for residents to qualify, and the target is low income earners. He did say that there is no program that targets senior citizens, but this is something that he will look into. Responding to questions from Sen. Fa’agata Mano, the director-nominee said his health is “very good” and that it was an “amazing feeling” when Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga appointed him as TEO director. Although his campaign as governor in 2012 was unsuccessful, “the governor offered me an opportunity to follow what I promised the people... a world of renewable energy and financial stability through energy,” he said and noted that ASPA spends $100 million a year in diesel energy that is 20% of the budget today. “The governor has given me the ability to follow what I’m good at and what my dream is. It feels great,” he said. Jones also dismissed any claims that he was against any candidate for governor. “I made several public statements on TV that there were five candidates for change and any one of them would make a good change,” he said. Sen. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono said he is surprised that Jones didn’t apply for this job in the past years because his resume indicates that he is more qualified than anyone else on island. “I think this is a good job for you” while the job as governor “is not your job,” said Soliai with a slight laugh. “You have to serve first — like the Samoan saying, Tautua muamua ona avea lea o oe ma matai. You have to serve your chief before you become a chief of the family,” said Soliai. “This means before you become the governor, you have to serve the people first.” Soliai said he is also glad to hear that the nominee’s working relationship with Utu is solid and this is something that should have been done a long time ago. “Work together with ASPA,” he said and then urged Jones to find a TEO program that would qualify senior citizens. See tomorrow’s editions for more questions during the confirmation hearing.
THE CROODS – Rated PG-13
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci The world’s first family embarks on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever.
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Starring: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot - fame and fortune are his for the taking - that is until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity - and even a bit of wizardry - Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.
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Ua i luma nei o le Maota o Sui se faatalosaga a le Pulega o le Matagaluega o Leoleo, i ni isi o tulafono o lo o manaomia ona toe faia i ai ni suiga ina ia atili malosi ma faafaigofie ai ona faamalosia. O ni isi o ia tulafono e aofia ai le faasa ona tioata pogisa taavale (tint) la’upasese, o le saoasaoa o taavale i luga o le alatele, atoa ai ma le faasaina o sailiga tupe i tafatafa o le auala. Na taua e le Komesina o Leoleo ia William Haleck e faapea, e tele tulafono ua amata ona faamalosia e le matagaluega, e pei o le faapipii o moli faaopoopo i tino o taavale, ma ua faasala ai aveta’avale. I le tulaga o tioata pogisa mo taavale, e le o aofia uma taavale i lea tulafono. “O lo’u manatu, e tatau ona toe fai se teuteuga o le tulafono lea ina ia aofia uma ai taavale, ona o le tele o taavale ua maitauina uliuli faasoloatoa, ma ua faa faigata ai i leoleo ona faatino a latou galuega,” o le saunoaga lea a Haleck. O le autu o lenei talosaga, ona o se popolega i le alii komesina ma le pulega, i le saogalemu o leoleo, aemaise lava pe a taofi e se leoleo se taavale e uliuli atoa tioata, e le mafai ona ia iloa atu totonu o le taavale po o a gaioiga o lo o fai mai ai, pe te’i fo’i ua oo atu ae o lo o i ai se a’upega e ono lamatia ai le soifua o le leoleo. Na molimau foi le sui Komesina o Leoleo ia Leseiau Laumoli, e tusa ai ma le fesili a le tamaitai Faipule ia Vui Florence Vaili Saulo, e leai se tulafono e faasala ai se taavale e alu lemu i luga o le alatele. Na faamanino e Laumoli e faapea, e tatau ona toe faia se teuteuga i le tulafono, ina ia mafai ona faasala le tagata lea e lemu le alu o lana taavale i luga o le auala, aua o le taimi lenei, e le mafai ona tipi se taavale le lemu lana alu i luga o le auala, leaga o le solitulafono le tipi o le isi taavale. I le tulaga i sailiga tupe i tafa ala, na saunoa ai Laumoli e faapea “O le isi faigata o lenei mataupu, o le ava fatafata ma i latou o lo o faatinoina sailiga tupe nei, ona o isi taimi, e o atu leoleo e taofi ae o lo o alala mai ai susuga i Faifeau ma taitai o ekalesia, ona faa faigata ai lava lea ona faatino la matou galuega”. I lalo o le tulafono e pei ona saunoa Laumoli, o lo o i ai le malosi i leoleo latou te aveese faamalosi ai mea uma lava e maua atu i le nofoaga o lo o faia ai sailiga tupe e pei o sipika, masini faaleotele leo, e oo lava fo’i i tupe, ae o le faafitauli, e faigata i le matagaluega ona latou faia lea tulaga. “O ai lava i matou o le a o atu ma fao faamalosi mea nei ae o lo o alala mai ai susuga i Faifeau ma le ekalesia atoa, o le fautuaga la i le fono faitulafono, e sili ona toe fai se suiga i le tulafono ae faasa loa ona toe faia ni sailiga tupe faapea i tafatafa o le alatele,” o le saunoaga lea a Laumoli. Ae na faamanino e le sui fofoga fetalai ia Iaulualo Faafetai Talia e faapea, e leai se mafuaaga e faigata ai i leoleo ona faatino a latou galuega. “Ua leva ona i ai le tulafono, o lo o i totonu o le tusi tulafono, e leai la se isi mafuaaga e le mafai ai ona e la outou matagaluega ona faamalosi, tusa lava poo faifeau poo ai, o le tulafono lava o le tulafono, e tatau ona faamalosia,” o le saunoaga lea a le sui fofoga fetalai. Na fautuaina e le alii faipule ia Fagasoaia Lealaitafea ma Maugaoalii Leapai Tusina Anoai le komesina ma le sui komesina, ina ia silasila toto’a i amioga a ni isi o leoleo o lo o faatino i luga o le alatele. Fai mai Fagasoaia, o ni isi taimi pe afai e taofi e se leoleo matua se taavale ona ua le usita’i i tulafono o le auala, e tuu i ai le avanoa pe afai e talosaga ma faatoese le ave taavale i lona sese, ae o leoleo fou, e tiga ona faatoese ma faamolemole atu se tagata matua, e alu lava i le atoa lana peni e tusi le pepa sala. Ae na taua e Maugaoalii e faapea, ao poloka le magatolu i Nuuuli i le isi taeao ona o le pisi o taavale, sa ia vaaia ai ni leoleo se toalua o lo o tu tu lelei lava i le tulimanu o le auala e le ano mai i le poloka o le auala, ae pau le la galuega o lo o fai, o le tauvalaau i taavale mo ni tupe, ona ia vaaia lea o le isi leoleo ua tamo’e mai i le moa o le auala e avatu le $1 sa togi atu i ai e le isi ave taavale. Na faafetaia e le komesina fautuaga a afioga i faipule, o le a vaavaai foi i auala e faaleleia atili ai le tautua a le matagaluega. Sa ia taua foi e faapea, atonu o le isi ono masina o lo o muamua atu, o le a fuafua ai le matagaluega mo le faa faigaluegaina o ni isi leoleo pe a ma se toa 24, ina ia fesoasoani i le tulaga pagatia o lo o feagai ma le matagaluega i le le lava lea o le aufaigaluega. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
O nisi o le aufaifaatoaga o lo laina ma timuia i aso taitasi toe lamatia o latou soifua i taavale ma le pefu i autafa o le aualatele i Fugalei aua le faatauina atu o a latou fua o faaeleeleaga mo (ata: Naenae Productions) se tupe e tausi o latou aiga. Faitau Tala mai Samoa i totonu.
E lima tausaga ua faatonu ai e le faamasinoga e loka ai se alii 36 tausaga, i lona faamalosia o lona afafine 9 tausaga, e aafia i gasegase o le mafaufau, o se tasi lea o tuutuuga o lona nofovaavaaia mo le 15 tausaga. O lenei faalavelave na tulai mai i le tausaga e 2009,. O le a le mafai ona faalauiloa e le Samoa News le igoa o le ua molia, ona o puipuiga i lona afafine. E lima moliaga mamafa ma le moliaga mama e tasi na ulua’i tuuaia ai e le malo le ua molia, ae i lalo o se maliliega sa ia sainia ma le malo ma talia e le faamasinoga, na ia tali ioe ai i moliaga mamafa e tolu atoa ai ma le moliaga mama e tasi, ae solofua e le faamasinoga isi moliaga mamafa e lua, o le tete’e atu i leoleo ao taumafai e loka o ia, faapea ai ma le faia o uiga mataga i se teineititi. Na taua e le loia a le ua molia o Leslie Cardin e faapea, ao lei tulai mai lenei faalavelave, sa avea foi le ua molia ma tagata sa faia i ai e isi tagata faiga faafeusuaiga ao laititi o ia. Fai mai Cardin, o le ua molia na tupu mai i se aiga ua matua masofa lava, peitai e le avea lea ma itu e fai ai ma alofaga lana solitulafono ua faamaonia e le faamasinoga. Sa ia taua foi le leai o ni polokalame mo i latou e aafia i ituaiga solitulafono nei i totonu o le atunuu, e fesoasoani ai i tagata e tausala i ituaiga solitulafono nei. Na taua foi e le tamaitai loia e faapea, i suesuega sa faia i tagata e aafia i sauaga i totonu o aiga ao latiti i latou, afai e le lelei ona tuuina atu i ni aoaoga faafaufautua mo i latou, e i ai le taimi e avea ai i latou ma tagata e faia ituaiga amioga nei i se taimi o le lumana’i. Ui o lea, na taua e le tamaitai loia ni isi o aafiaga sa feagai ma lenei alii ao lei tulai mai lenei faalavelave, e pei o le tagofia o le ava malosi, atoa ai ma le le mautonu o le mafaufau ona o faafitauli e tutupu i totonu o le aiga. I le folasaga a le tamaitai loia na tulai mo le malo, sa ia ioeina ai lagona e pei ona taua e le loia a le ua molia, aemaise lava i le tulaga lenei, o le aiga o le ua molia o se aiga ua masofa ma ua le toe lelei, peitai na taua e Mitzie Jessop, ua mafua ona malepe le aiga a le ua molia ona o lana gaioiga sa fai atoa ai ma le filifiliga sa ia faia.
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Fai mai Jessop, e le’i tuuina e se isi se fana i le ulu o le ua molia ma fai i ai e alu e fai uiga mataga nei i lona afafine ma e le gata ua tuuaia e le ua molia le ava malosi o le mafuaaga o lana solitulafono, ae ua ia tuuaia foi isi tagata i lo latou faia o sauaga ia te ia, lea ua mafua ai ona oo uiga le lelei nei ia te ia. O se tasi o itu faanoanoa o lenei mataupu na taua e Jessop, o le teineititi na aafia o se tasi e i ai manaoga faapitoa o le tino ma le mafaufau, ma o lo o i ai nei o ia i le falemai o le Shriner’s Hospital i Hawaii, mo le faia i ai o ni togafitiga i ona vae. Na taua foi e Jessop e faapea, o le faalavelave na aafia ai lenei teineititi e 9 tausaga, o se faalavelave matuia tele, ma e le taitai talia e tagata o le atunuu nei ituaiga amioga, o se tama na te toe faia ni uiga mataga i lona lava afafine na fanau mai i lona manava, ma o se feau foi lea e tatau ona momoli atu i le atunuu, e le taliaina e le atunuu ituaiga amioga nei. Na taua e le faamasinoga e faapea, o le ua molia sa ia ioeina i le faamasinoga gaioiga sa ia faia i lona afafine, e pei o le faamatamata lea o ia i ata leaga, atoa ai ma lona mana’o la te faatinoina ma lona afafine amioga mataga o lo o faatino mai i totonu o le ata. Sa ia ioeina foi e faapea, i le aso 6 Aokuso 2011 ao i ai i le toese i Tafuna, sa sola ese ai mai le vaaiga a leoleo e aunoa ma se faatanaga faaletulafono. O le faasalaga a le faamasinoga maualuga e aofia ai le faafalepuipui o lenei alii mo le 15 tausaga mo le moliaga o le faiaiga faamalosi; 5 tausaga e faasala ai mo le faiaiga ma se tagata e aiga i ai; 5 tausaga e falepuipui ai mo le sola ese mai leoleo, ma le tasi le tausaga e falepuipui mo le moliaga o lona faamatamata lea o lona afafine i ata leaga, ma o ia faasalaga e tuli faatasi uma, lona uiga e 15 tausaga e tatau ona loka ai o ia i le falepuipui. Ae ua manatu le faamasinoga o le a faamalumalu le tuuina atu o le ua molia i le toese mo le 15 tausaga, ae o le a nofovaavaaia o ia mo le 15 tausaga i lalo o poloaiga a le faamasinoga. O ni isi o ia poloaiga e aofia ai loka mo’i o ia mo le umi e 5 tausaga, e le mafai ona toe tatalaina i tua, sei vagana o se poloaiga e tuu atu e le faamasinoga.
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American Samoa Government DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Job Title: Assistant Director-Teacher Quality Department Division: Education/Teacher Quality Type of Position: Full Time/Permanent Appointment Posting Date: March 19, 2013 Closing Date: April 02, 2013 Posting Type: Employment Opportunity/ Open to the Public Serial No.: 016-13 Announcement No.: 012-13 Pay Range and Salary Range: GS16/$25,012 - $55,172
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Mana’omia atunu’u ni fa’agaioiga Soifua Maloloina taofi ai faama’i le pipisi
NOTE: This is exempted from the freeze as per the Governor’s General Memorandum. It was requested by the Department of Education to re-advertise this position.
General Description: The Assistant Director of Teacher Quality works with other instructional Assistant Directors, program directors, and school administrators to develop and coordinate programs for public school teachers. Duties include providing technical assistance, planning professional development for teachers to further enhances teaching skills and methods and track teacher certification credentials. The Assistant Director for Teacher Quality reports directly to the Deputy Director for Instructional Support Services. Key Duties and Responsibilities: • Aligns and integrates work within the vision, mission, goals and philosophy of the department • Works cooperatively with program directors to develop, implement and evaluate teacher programs • Plans, project needs, and gives feedback in the development, implementation and evaluation of teacher programs that are conducted in the department • Works with colleagues in planning professional development at any and all levelsschool, division, district, island wide • Prepares reports, documents, and other correspondence as needed • Maintains professional standards and expertise through current research, involvement, membership in professional association, attending conferences, and other means pertaining to teacher development • Develops a plan for the utilization of available resources which include the ordering and disbursement of materials and keeping accurate inventory records • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned Knowledge, Skill and Ability • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other employees and the public • Experience in designing, implementing and monitoring teacher programs • Ability to work independently, self motivated and team player • Experience as a master teacher • Demonstrate leadership qualities • Knowledge of administrative process and procedures • Understands the psychology of the learner and the learning process • Ability to communicate effectively with others and maintain favorable public relations Academic and Experience Requirements: • Applicant must have a Master’s degree in Education or in related field from accredited college/university plus 5 years of work related experience; 3 years at a supervisory level, or a Bachelors degree in Education or in related field from an accredited college/unmiversity plus 6 years of work related experience; 4 of which at a supervisory level. Years of progressively responsible working experience may be substituted for portion of the academic requirement. Salary will be adjusted according to experience. Complete information concerning this vacancy may be obtained from the Personnel Division of the Department of Human Resources, or please contact the Recruitment unit at 633-4485/633-4000.
“This is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer”
Ua i ai ni isi o le atunuu ua latou sapaia se talosaga sa tuuina atu e ni alii faipule se toalua mai le Fono Faitulafono i le Faatonusili o le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina, i le mana’omia o se gaioiga faanatinati a le Matagaluega e foia ai le tulaga o gasegase le pipisi (Non-Communicable Disease - NCD) lea o lo o aafia ai pea soifua o le atunuu. Na taua e le afioga a Ale Filemu, o se tasi o tamalii faipisinisi i le atunuu e faapea, afai e le vave tuuina mai se gaioiga a le Matagaluega o le Soifua Maloloina e faalauiloa ai ta’iala mo ni puipuiga i gasegase le pipisi o lo o aafia ai ni isi o le atunuu, o le a avea lea ma itu e tele vave ai le faatupulaia o nei faama’i. Fai mai Ale, o tagata Samoa e fai le meaai ma o latou atua i soo se taimi, peitai e tatau foi ona i ai se auala e taofiofi ai tagata mai le soona naunau e saili auala e aafia ai i faama’i le manuia nei. “O Samoa o se atunuu aai tele (tulou), e faigata foi ona taofi le naunau o tagata i taumafa pe afai e le faataoto e le matagaluega sa latou fuafuaga e mafai ai ona puipuia le atunuu mai faama’i le pipisi o lo o aafia ai e pei o le ma’i suka, toto maualuga, kanesa ma isi lava faama’i eseese ua silafia e le to’atele,” o le saunoaga lea a Ale. O le vaiaso na te’a nei na tuuina atu ai e alii faipule ia Taotasi Archie Soliai ma Larry Sanitoa sa laua tusi i le faatonusili o le soifua maloloina ia Motusa Tuileama Toatolu Nua, e talosagaina ai le vave tuuina mai o sa latou fuafuaga faataoto i auala e atina’e ai puipuiga mo faama’i le pipisi o lo o aafia ai ni isi o le atunuu. O lo o aofia ai i se vaega o le tusi a alii faipule ni isi o faamaumauga sa la tuuina atu ia Motusa, e lagolagoina ai le lagona ua tatau ona faia se gaioiga vave e faalauiloa taiala e puipuia ai faama’i pipisi mai le sosolo atu i tagata. Na taua e alii faipule ia Taotasi ma Sanitoa e faapea, talu lava ona tulai mai tulaga e pei ona taua ai gasegase le pipisi, ua faavae ai ni isi o Faalapotopotoga mo gasegase e pei o le ma’i suka ma le kanesa, e galulue i auala e mafai ai ona foia nei gasegase. I se vaega o le ripoti sa tuuina mai e le vaega e taua o le PIMA, o se faalapotopotoga sa faakonekarate e le matagaluega o le soifua maloloina e galulue i ni fuafuaga faataoto e foia ai lenei faafitauli, o lo o taua ai e faapea, e le gata o le 60% o tagata o lo o maliliu i Amerika Samoa, e mafua mai ona o gasegase le pipisi (NCD), ae o Amerika Samoa foi o lo o pito sili ona maualuga le aofai o tagata e maliliu ao laiti. I le tausaga e 2004, o le 25% o tagata sa maliliu e i le va o le 45-64 tausaga le matutua, ma o le taimi nei, ua siisii atu lea fuainumera i le 33%, e ui o le malo tele o Amerika lea o lo o tumau pea i le 16%. O lo o taua foi i le ripoti e faapea, e toatele atu tagata matutua e maua i le ma’i suka nai lo tagata matutua e le o aafia, e mafua lea tulaga ona o le 69% o tagata matutua o lo o taofia i le falema’i ona o ia aafiaga. O lo o taua foi i le ripoti e faapea, ua i ai fanau e tai 11 tausaga le matutua i Samoa ua agai atu ina aafia i aafiaga o le gasegase o le ma’i suka, o ni isi foi ua amata ona aga’i atu i le tautua o le Fale Faamamatoto i le ta’i 18 tausaga o latou olaga E i ai isi mataupu sa mafai ona laga e ni isi o faipule e faatatau i le matagaluega o le soifua maloloina i le vaiaso na tea nei, ma ua fuafuaina ai loa se iloiloga a le maota o sui ma le alii faatonusili, e ui e lei faatulagaina se aso o lea iloiloga. Talu mai le masina na te’a nei lea na toe amataina ai le tautua masaina a le Soifua Maloloina e ala i le asia lea o aiga i afioaga ma nuu i tua (home visit), ua toatele ni isi o tama ma tina matutua ua faaalia lo latou talisapai o lenei auaunaga, ona o lea ua mafai ai ona asia e ni isi o le aufaigaluega ni isi o tama ma tina ua na o le nonofo fale lava (tulou). Na taua e ni isi o tama ma tina matutua mai le Ofia o le TAOA i Pago Pago lo latou lagolagoina tele o lenei suiga tele, talosia o le a faaauauina pea mo isi masina o lo o totoe o lenei tausaga. Ae na taua e se sui o le matagaluega o le soifua maloloina o lo o faalauiloaina lenei tautua e faapea, o le latou auaunaga lea ua toe amataina mo aiga i nuu ma itumalo, o lo o malaga ai foma’i ina ia mautinoa e faia togafitiga moomia mo nai tama ma tina, ae maise ai foi le sui o le ofisa e vaavaaia i si o tulaga faaletonu e ono aafia ai le soifua maloloina o tagata i totonu o latou aiga. Na taua e le alii faatonu sili o le soifua maloloina e faapea, o le auaunaga lenei e le mafai ona toe taofia, ae o le a faaauauina pea mo aiga i le lumanai. Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
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Pasia Ale Tifimalae ae teena Timothy Jones
sa le mafai ona galulue le pule o le TEO ma le pule o le ASPA, peitai ina ua suia le faigamalo ma tofia o ia ma Utu Abe Malae, ua tele le avanoa ua latou galulue faatasi ai i auala eseese e fesoasoani ai i le faaitiitia o le tau o le eletise. O ni isi o fautuaga mai afioga i senatoa, o le fautuaina lea o le faatonu ina ia galulue faatasi ma le ASPA i auala e faaitiitia ai le tau o le eletise i le atunuu. O le iloiloga a Jones na faatautaia lea e le komiti o le ASPA.TEO a maota e lua, i lalo o le taitaiga a le alii senatoa ia Tuiasina S. Esera ma le alii faipule ia Puletuimalo D. Koko. ILOILOGA ALE TIFIMALAE. O se tasi o mataupu na fesiligia ai e faipule ma senatoa le alii faatonu ia Ale, o polokalame o lo o agavaa ai tina ma tama matutua o le atunuu i le Ofisa o le TAOA. Na taua e Ale e faapea, e na o le lua lava polokalame o lo o agavaa ai tagata matutua i le taimi nei, o le polokalame o lo o mafai ai ona galulue i latou mo le tai 4 itula i le aso, 5 aso o le vaiaso, ma le polokalame o lo o maua ai pepa taumafa (food voucher) e ta’i $25 i le masina. E toa 2,400 tagata matutua o lo o agavaa i le polokalame o pepa taumafa, ae toa 150 o lo o agavaa i le polokalame lea e faigaluega ai mo le tai 4 itula, a ese ai le isi toa 200 o lo o i ai o latou igoa i le lisi faatalitali mo se avanoa e mafai ai ona galulue i lalo o le polokalame lea. Ina ua fesiligia e le fono le alii faatonu i se auala e mafai ona fesoasoani atu ai le fono i tagata matutua, na faailoa ai e Ale le manaomia o se isi faaopoopoga mo pepa taumafa a nai tagata matutua, lea ua silia ma le 10 tausaga o tumau pea i le $25 i le masina, ae le mafai ona ola se tagata i lea ituaiga tupe i le masina. Na faafetaia e ni isi o senatoa le susuga Ale ona o suiga lelei ua mafai ai ona maua e tagata matutua o le atunuu le avanoa e aga’i sa’o ai i nofoaga taulalata mo le pikiina o a latou pepa taumafa, lea e pei ona amataina i le masina lenei. Na faamanino e Ale i le komiti a le senate, o polokalame o lo o agavaa ai tagata matutua i le atunuu, o lo o faatupe uma mai e le feterale. Na faatumulia luga o le maota o sui i le mamalu o tagata matutua na masii atu e tapuaia le iloiloga a le latou faatonu, sa maitauina foi, soo se taimi lava e matagofie ai le tali a le faatonu i se fesili e fesiligia ai o ia e se faipule, e patipati ai tagata matutua e faailoa lo latou lagolagoina o le faamoemoe a le alii faatonu. Sa latou talosagaina foi le Samoa News ina ia faailoa i Fesootai mai i le tusitala ia ausage@samoanews.com
Ua pasia e le Fono Faitulafono tofiga a le alii kovana mo Ale Tifimalae e avea ma Faatonusili o le Ofisa o Tagata Matutua i le atunuu, ina ua palota faipule i le taeao ananafi i le 16-2. O le Aso Lua na pasia ai e le senate Ale i le palota e 18-0. Ae mo Timothy Jones Sr, ua le pasia o ia e avea ma Faatonusili o le Ofisa o le Enetia. ILOILOGA TIMOTHY JONES SR. O ni isi o mataupu sa fesiligia ai e le fono ia Jones, o ni ana fuafuaga e faaitiitia ai le tau o le enetia i le atunuu, a’o a foi ni polokalame e mafai ai ona latou galulue faatasi ma le Faalapotopotoga o le Eletise ma le Suavai (ASPA) ina ia faaitiitia le tau o le eletise i le atunuu. Na taua e Jones e faapea, o lo o galulue pea le Ofisa mo le faamautuina o le galuega lea sa faatupe mai e le ARRA, e faaaoga ai le malosi o le la e gaosi mai ai le eletise. E ui e le o le aso atoa e oso mai ai le la e mafai ai ona maua le eletise, peitai o lo o galulue pea i le unaia o lenei galuega taua. O le faaaogaina o le sami e gaosi mai ai le eletise, o le isi lea mataupu na taua e Jones, peitai o lo o faagasolo suesuega i se auala lelei e mafai ai ona faataunuu lea faamoemoe. Na faailoa e le alii senatoa ia LeAtualevao S. Asifoa lona faanoanoa tele, ona o se vaega tupe ua fuafua le TEO e toe faafoi i le feterale ae ua le faaaogaina i galuega ma atinae e manuia ai le atunuu. Na faamanino e Jones i le komiti e faapea, o le tupe o lo o fesiligia e $140,000, o lo o i ai le faamoemoe afai e maea le masina o Aperila e le’i faaaogaina, ona toe faafoi lea e le feterale le tupe lea. Na faamanino e Jones i le komiti e faapea, e le faapea o sona manao o le a toe faafoi ai le tupe, ae afai e le ausia aiaiga talafeagai e faaaoga i ai le tupe, lona uiga e le mafai ona faaaoga ae tatau ona toe faafoi, peitai, o lo o latou galulue faatasi pea ma le ASPA i se auala e mafai ai ona faaaoga le tupe lenei ae aua le toe faafo’iina atu i le malo tele. Na fesiligia e Laolagi Fonoti Savali Vaeao le molimau i tulaga o pepa faamaonia o aoga ma faailoga o lo o ia umia, ina ia fesoasoani i le faia o faaiuga a le maota. Na faamanino e Jones i le komiti e faapea, o le tausaga e 2007 na faatamaia ai lona fale i Vailoa i se afi, ma faaleagaina uma ai ana faamaumauga sa i ai. Ae ina ua toe fesiligia le tulaga o le la va feagai ai ma le ASPA, na taua ai e Jones e faapea, o lo o lelei ma mausali le latou va feagai ai ma le ASPA, pau le faaletonu sa tulai mai i tausaga ua mavae,
le atunuu, o le alii faatonu ua i ai nei, o se tasi lea o faatonu pito sili ona lelei ma manaia lana tautua mo tagata matutua, aemaise lava i le suiga lea ua tufatufaina ai pepa taumafai i nofoaga eseese e tolu i le atunuu, nai lo le mea tuai sa i ai, o le tau o mai mamao i le ofisa autu i Pago Pago.
TO Members of the LEAU Family and to all whom these present may come! NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that MARGIE TINOISAMOA of OLOSEGA has offered for recording in this office an instrument in writing which seeks to separate a certain structure which is or to be erected, on land FA’ASAUGA allegedly belonging to LEAU FAMILY of the village of OLOSEGA. Said land FA’ASAUGA is situated in or near the village of OLOSEGA in the County of OLOSEGA, Island of MANU’A, American Samoa. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that any interested person may object to the recording of such instrument by filing in the Territorial Registar’s Office in Fagatogo, a written objection to the recording of said instrument. Any objections thereto must be filed with in 30 days from the date of posting of this notice. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if no such objections are filed within the said 30 day period, the instrument will be recorded and shall be valid and binding on all persons. The said instrument may be examined at any time at the Territorial Registrar’s Office. POSTED: MARCH 19, 2013 thru APRIL 18, 2013 SIGNED: Taito S.B. White, Territorial Registrar I tagata o le aiga sa LEAU, ma i latou uma e silasila ma lauiloaina lenei fa’aaliga! O le fa’aaliga lenei ona o MARGIE TINOISAMOA o le nu’u o OLOSEGA ua ia fa’aulufaleina mai i lenei ofisa se feagaiga tusitusi e fa’ailoa ai se mana’oga fia tu’u’eseina o se fale ua/po o le a, fa’atuina i luga o le fanua o FA’ASAUGA e fa’asino i le aiga sa LEAU, o le nu’u o OLOSEGA. O lenei fanua e totonu pe latalata ane i le nu’u o OLOSEGA, itumalo o OLOSEGA, ile motu o MANU’A, Amerika Samoa. O le fa’aaliga fo’i e fa’apea, so o se tasi e iai sona aia i lenei mata’upu e mafai ona fa’atu’i’iese ile fa’amauina o lenei feagaiga pe a auina mai i le ofisa ole Resitara o le Teritori of Amerika Samoa i Fagatogo, sana fa’atu’ese tusitusia. O fa’atu’iesega uma lava e ao ona fa’aulufaleina mai i totonu o aso e 30 faitauina mai i le aso na faíaalia ai lenei fa’aaliga. Afai ole a leai se fa’atu’i’esega e fa’aulufaleina i totonu o aso 30 e pei ona ta’ua i luga, o le a fa’amauina loa lenei feagaiga e taualoaina ma ‘a’afia ai tagata uma. 03/22 & 04/05/13
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E faatalofa atu i le mamalu o Amerika Samoa, i ou pa’ia faale-ekalesia, fa’ale-malo, fa’ale-atunu’u. Tatou te sula fa’atasi le alofa o le Atua ina ua tatou aulia manuia mai lenei aso i le soifua lelei ma le lagi e mama. Ae ina ne’i mea ane ua galo...ae le mafai ona galo le alofa moni, e pei ona faatinoina le agalelei, le alofa foa’i, le a’ao mafola, aemaise o le fesoasoani e ala i taumafa, vaiinu, seleni ma so’o se auala na outou alolofa mai ai, i se taumafaiga e ala i atina’e a lenei Autalavou, le ‘Car Wash” i Nu’uuli, Aso To’ona’i, Mati 16, 2013. E momoli atu ai le agaga fiafia ma le loto fa’afetai tele o le Susuga i le Tausi Matagaluega & Faletua, Rev. Pasili & Fa’api’o Farani, le Peresetene, Ofisa, Faufautua ma le Autalavou ale Ekalesia Metotisi i Fagatogo, i le mamalu o le atunu’u, Susuga i Faafeagaiga ma o latou Faletua, Susuga i le Faipule & Faletua, Afioga Maugaoali’i Tusipa & Fiatagata Anoa’i, Tupu ma E’e o le atunu’u, aiga ma uo ma i latou uma na lagolagoina lenei faamoemoe. Fa’afetai, Fa’afetai, Fa’afetai Tele Lava, Malo le Agalelei, Fa’afetai le Alofa. O la outou pule lea! Ia agalelei tele le Atua, Fa’amanuia ia te outou uma, faatutumu mea uma ua fa’agaogaoina ona o lenei fa’amoemoe. E le mafai ona galo le Alofa Moni, e logo i tino lo outou agalelei! Fa’afetai!
Palm Sunday, March 24th One Combined Mass at 8:00am. Our procession will start from the Saint Joseph Malae to the Cathedral. Monday, March 25th 6:00am Samoan Mass as usual 7:00pm Confessions for the entire Parish Tuesday, March 26th 6:00pm Chrism Mass and Renewal of Vows for all the Diocesan Priests. No morning Mass at 6:00am as usual Wednesday, March 27th 6:00am Samoan Mass as usual 6:00pm Novena Mass at Hope House Chapel Holy Thursday, March 28th 7:00pm Mass of the Last Supper - One Combined Mass followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Hall until 11:45pm Good Friday, March 29th 6:00am Stations of the Cross outside by Fr. Faitau and the Parish Youth 12:00n Seven last words of Jesus - Filipino in the Auditorium 3:00pm Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion Saturday of Easter Vigil - March 30th 9:00pm Mass of Easter Vigil Easter Sunday, March 31st 5:30am Salubong Mass Filipino Community 7:30am Mass of Resurrection (Samoan) 9:30am Mass of Resurrection English (International) No Benediction as usual at 4:00 pm
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Matagaluega o Fefa’atauaiga, Faletupe o Atina’e o Amerika Samoa, Sosaiete a Pisinisi o Amerika Samoa
Aso Faraile, Mati 22, 2013 Maota o Rex H. Lee (Fale Laumei), Utulei, Amerika Samoa
FA’AMOEMOE: Ia faia ni Talanoaga o Mataupu i Pisinisi mo le mamalu o le atunuu, ina ia lagolagoina le atina’eina o pisinisi i le teritori o Amerika Samoa. O le uluai Talanoaga o loo fa’atulagaina e fa’atatau i le mataupu “E fa’apefea ona amataina lau pisinisi i Amerika Samoa.” O vasega taitasi e faia i le gagana Samoa (8:45 i le taeao e oo i le 12:30 i le aoauli) ma le gagana Peretania (12:35 i le aoauli e oo i le 4:45 i le afiafi). O lenei Talanoaga e faia i le aso atoa ma e tatala mo le mamalu o le atunuu e aunoa ma le totogi. E maua foi le taumafa mama. Mo fasili valaau DOC 633-5155.
8:45 i le taeao e oo i le 12:30 i le aoauli: Vasega e faia i le Gagana Samoa. O vasega taitasi e 20 minute le folasaga a le Failauga + 10 minute fesili ma tali = 30 minute le aofai o le taimi o vasega taitasi 8:45 - 9 i le taeao: SAUNOAGA AMATA 9 - 9:30 i le taeao: E FA’APEFEA ONA E TALOSAGAINA LAISENE FAI PISINISI Talosagaina o le Laisene Pisinisi ma le Pemita e Fa’aaoga ai Fanua Failauga: Rachel Peters, Matagaluega o Fefa’atauaiga, Sui Vaega Laisene Pisinisi Marvis Vaiaga’e, Matagaluega o Fefa’atauaiga, Taitai Vaega o Pemita e Fa’aaoga ai Fanua Robert Koch, Matagaluega o Fefa’atauaiga, Taitai o le GIS 9:45- 10:15 i le taeao: FA’ATULAGAINA O PISINISI Ituaiga Pisinisi: Pisinisi a le tagata e toatasi, pisinisi e faipa’aga, pisinisi fai siea, fa’alapotopotoga e leai se porofiti Failauga: Fainu’ulelei L.P.F. Ala’ilima-Utu, Loia o le Faletupe o Atina’e o Amerika Samoa 10:30- 11:00 i le taeao: FESOASOANI MAI FALETUPE Failauga: Ruth Matagi, Fa’atonu Ofisa Nonogatupe o le Faletupe o Atina’e o Amerika Samoa Tasi Scanlon, Fa’atonu Ofisa Nonogatupe o le Faletupe o ANZ 11:15- 11:45 i le taeao: O FEA E MAUA AI A’OA’OGA I LE FA’ATUINA O SE PISINISI Failauga: Herbert Thweatt, Fa’atonu o le Ofisa mo le Atina’eina o Pisinisi Laiti, Kolisi Tuufa’atasi o Amerika Samoa 12:00- 12:30 i le aoauli: LAFOGA O PISINISI Taua o le maopopo o Tala o Tupe o le pisinisi ma le totogiina o Lafoga o Pisinisi. Failauga: Pemerika Suemai, Teutupe, Faletupe o Atina’e o Amerika Samoa Maryann Laurenson, ASG TAx Office
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Department of Commerce (DOC), Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS), and American Samoa Chamber of Commerce (ASCOC)
Friday March 22, 2013 Rex H. Lee Auditorium, Utulei
PURPOSE: To provide innovative business workshops to the community in an effort to support private enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities in the Territory. This first workshop will be on “How to start a business in the Territory.” Each topic will be presented in Samoan (morning session) and English (afternoon session). This one-day workshop is open to the public at no cost. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact DOC at 633-5155
12:35pm - 4:45pm 12:35pm – 12:45pm 12:45pm - 1:15pm ENGLISH SESSION 20 min. presentation + 10 min. Q&A = 30 min. total OPENING REMARKS HOW TO APPLY FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE The Business License Process The Land-Use Permit Process Rachel Peters, DOC Business License Analyst Marvis Vaiaga’e, PNRS Coordinator Robert Koch, GIS Manager HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR BUSINESS Types of business structure - Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, Non-Profit, etc. Fainu’ulelei Ala’ilima-Utu, DBAS Legal Counsel WHERE TO GET FINANCING AND BUSINESS BANKING SERVICES Ruth Matagi, DBAS Loan Manager Antonina Sue, DBAS Commercial Loan Officer Tasi Scanlon, ANZ Commercial Loan Manager WHERE TO GET TRAINING Herbert Thweatt, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Executive Director BUSINESS TAXES Importance of good financial record keeping Filing Business Taxes Pemerika Su’emai, CFO Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) Maryann Laurenson, ASG TAx Office
1:30pm - 2:00pm Presenter: 2:30pm - 3:00pm Presenter:
3:30pm - 4:00pm Presenter: 4:15pm - 4:45pm
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American Samoa Government DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Job Title: Education Specialist/Social Studies Department Division: Education/OCIA Type of Position: Full Time/Permanent Appointment Posting Date: March 20, 2013 Closing Date: April 03, 2013 Posting Type: Employment Opportunity/ Open to the Public Serial No.: 015-13 Announcement No.: 011-13 Pay Range and Salary Range: TS18/$18,041-$40,661
Tusia: Akenese Ilalio Zec
Alofa, se ia tiga…
Vaega: 22 Ina ua uma le pisa a lo’u tama ma lo’u tina, na ou fa’atalitali la’ititi se i ulufale lo’u tina i totonu o le fale, ona ou savali atu ai lea i le ta’avale. O le tala mulimuli a lo’u tama na tali atu ai i lo’u tina, ou te le i lagonaina, ma ina ua uma lea, na tatala ai loa e lo’u tama le faitoto’a o le ta’avale ma oso loa i totonu. Na ou iloa mai nei le fea’a e lo’u tina o le faitoto’a o le ta’avale ma fa’ataitaio, ae ua le toe tatala maia e lo’u tama. Na alu alu lava, i’u ina liliu ‘ese lo’u tina ma lafo upu masoa i si o’u tama, ae e le o lagona mai e lo’u tama i lea taimi. Ina ua ulufale lo’u tina, sa ou savali mai ai loa i le itu o lo’o tu atu ai le ta’avale, sa ou taumafai lava ina ia ‘aua ne i iloa mai e lo’u tama, ua ou iloa ma ua fa’alogo o’u taliga i upu na lafo e lo’u tina e uiga ia te a’u. Ua ou oso nei i totonu o le ta’avale, ma ou iloa ai, ua ‘ese lava uiga o si o’u tama i lea taimi. Ua foliga mai o se tagata ua mamao lava lona mafaufau, ua le iloa mai fo’i a’u, ma le taimi na o’u oso ai i totonu o le ta’avale. Na ou manatua vave i lea taimi, afai o le a ou loto vaivai, ona ou fa’avaivai loto ai lea i lo’u tama, ae afai ou te loto tele, ona ou fa’aloto tele ai lea i si o’u tama. Ua taofiofi o’u loimata ma ou tautala atu i si o’u tama, “Papa, ‘aua e te popole ia te a’u, o lo’o lagona lava lo’u loto tele, o a lava mea uma o lo’o e mafatia ai, e foa’i mai e le Atua lou loto malosi e talia ai mea uma, ae fa’ato’ato’a lelei lou mafaufau i le mea e ao ona fai, a’o a’u, ‘aua lava ne i e popole mai ia te a’u.” Ua alu pea la matou ta’avale, ma ua matou taunu’u nei i luma tonu lava o le Ofisa Tutotonu o lo’o i ai uma ofisa o lo’o fa’afoeina pisinisi ma kamupani a lo’u tama i so’o se itu o le lalolagi, e pei ona i ai ma le Atu Asia. Na sosolo atu nei le ta’avale, ma ou iloa atu ai se tama matua lava pe a i le ono sefulu valu o ona tausaga, o lo’o tu mai ma ona toniga i luma tonu lava o le faitoto’a e ulufale ai i le Ofisa Tutotonu. Na ona ma latalata atu lava i le mea o lo’o tu mai ai le toeaina matua lenei, na fa’ate’ia a’u ina ua ifo mai ma fa’apea mai lana fa’amatalaga, “Talofa, Purinisese Averia, talofa lau afioga Mikaele.” Na ou tilotilo atu nei i le toeaina i lea taimi, ae ua ‘ata’ata ma a’apa mai lona lima ua u’u atu lo’u lima, ma toe fa’apea mai le isi ana fa’amatalaga, “Averia, ua o’o i lou taimi, ia e loto tele e pei o lou tama i le fa’afoeina o mea uma, ia fa’amuamua ia te oe le alofa, ona manuia ai lea o au fuafuaga uma.” Ua ‘ata’ata le toeaina ma mata’i mai lava a’u, ua ou tau meia i lea taimi, ona e fai lava ana tala i lo’u tama ma mata’i mai lava a’u. Ua tatala nei le faitoto’a ma ma ulufale loa ma lou tama. Ua fa’alo le isi leoleo faitoto’a o lo’o i totonu ma ifo mai i lo’u tama. Ua na o lo’u tu nei ma ou tilotilo atu i le matagofie o teuga o lo’o i totonu o le fale lenei, o le sitepu e aga’i ai i luga i foga fale e lima o le kamupani atoa, ua mautu mea uma. Na gata la’u o’o mai i le Ofisa Tutotonu o lo’u tama a’o sefulu o’u tausaga, lea fo’i na fai ai finauga a lo’u tina o Makerita ma le failautusi a lo’u tama. E faia pea…
NOTE: This is exempted from the freeze as per the Governor’s General Memorandum. It was requested by the Department of Education to re-advertise this position.
General Description: The Social Studies Education Specialist works with other Specialist, Coordinators, school leaders and teachers to develop curriculum specific to social studies course content provided through the Office of Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability Division. The incumbent of this position is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to teachers on given curriculum that is being approved and taught in the classroom; responsible for assessment and evaluation of programs and to plan and conduct in service training and workshops for improvement of educational programs in the schools. Key Duties and Responsibilities: • Establish and evaluate goals, priorities and system for the effective delivery of the Social Studies curriculum and programs. • Work cooperatively with principals, department heads and other education specialists in implementation and evaluation of instructional programs. • Demonstrates methods, procedures and instructional methods and techniques conducive in meeting student’s needs. • Guides and assists classroom teachers in instructional techniques, and in utilization of available materials. • Plans and lead in-services workshops and training for professional growth and development of teachers in the classroom. • Recommended instructional and curriculum materials that is relevant and necessary for the implementation of the curriculum. • Promote the use and integration of new/emerging technologies in the curriculum. • Assess and analyze feedback from the teachers and utilize the information to improve instruction. • Participates in in-service training activities planned and conducted by the coordinator or off-island consultant. • Coordinate, organize, recommend and establish the development of the subject area curriculum and assist in the implementation of the curriculum. • Provide assistance for improvement of instruction to teachers when requested. • Develop, review and update curriculum guides periodically. • Assist subject Coordinator in the inventory, distribution, and ordering of instructional materials. • Assess the curriculum by developing assessment tools that may be used to evaluate the instructional programs. • All other duties and responsibilities as assigned. Knowledge, Skill and Ability • Knowledge of recent developments in the field of education • Knowledge of education programs and services available • Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations governing the certification of Teacher • Knowledge of emerging technologies, curriculum and instruction applicable to social studies curriculum and programs • Skills as in program administrator • Ability to work independently; self-motivated, team player • Ability to design forms and procedures • Ability to communicate effectively with others and maintain favorable public relations Academic and Experience Requirements: • Applicant must have a Master’s degree in Curriculum Development plus a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from accredited college/university plus 5 years of professional teaching experience; 2 of which are in the content area; experience in designing, implementing and monitoring educational programs or curriculum. Years of progressively responsible working experience may be substituted for portion of the academic requirement. Salary will be adjusted according to experience. Complete information concerning this vacancy may be obtained from the Personnel Division of the Department of Human Resources, or please contact the Recruitment unit at 633-4485/633-4000.
“This is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer”
WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A California woman and her two sons are back together after the boys were kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico for more than a year. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported on Thursday that Sarani Hernandez, 33, of Watsonville, and her 9- and 11-year-old sons were reunited earlier this month. The boys, both U.S. citizens, were abducted in 2011 by a couple who told Hernandez they could bring the children back from Mexico, authorities said. Hernandez had left them in the state of Michoacan with her mother. But police and U.S. Justice Department officials said the couple instead kidnapped the boys and took them to the city of Ciudad Juarez. There, together with Maria Guadalupe Valenzuela Castaneda, they extorted thousands of dollars from Hernandez, threatening to kill her, authorities said. Hernandez, a Mexican national who was applying for U.S. citizenship, not only feared for her life. She was also concerned about being deported if she approached authorities. But last year she moved from Washington state to the Northern California city of Watsonville, where she asked the police for help. Local police contacted the FBI, which worked with Mexican police to find the boys in December. After working with social services in Mexico, the family was eventually reunited in March. “They just hugged each other for several minutes. Even the boys were crying,” Watsonville police officer Elizabeth Sousa told the Sentinel. “It was an incredible experience.” The couple, Jesus Salinas and Patricia Delatorre, was arrested in January in Mount Vernon, Wash., and faces federal kidnapping charges in San Jose. Castaneda remains at large.
CA woman reunited with boys snatched in Mexico
100 injured in highway wrecks in Canadian blizzard EDMONTON (AP) — A blizzard sweeping across the Canadian plains caused a chain of traffic crashes south of Edmonton, Alberta, injuring about 100 travelers, officials said Thursday. One person was seriously hurt and about 80 were treated at the site, said Kerry Williamson of the Alberta Health Services office. Another official had earlier estimated that 300 people were hurt, four seriously. About 22 people were taken to hospitals in nearby communities, Williamson said. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police closed part of Highway 2, the main road between Edmonton and Calgary, and were directing traffic away from the collision scene, said RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant MacDonald. He said the crash involved several vehicles, including a large passenger bus and several semi-trailer trucks. Obama: Israelis, Palestinians each need security JERUSALEM (AP) — President Barack Obama says Israelis and Palestinians each have rights to peace, security and free movement that are not always respected. Obama says Palestinians have a right to self-determination and justice that must be recognized. He says it’s not fair when violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians goes unpunished and that it’s wrong to restrict Palestinians’ ability to move freely or farm on their land. Obama also says Israeli children have a right to sleep soundly at night without fear of rocket attacks. He says Israel has a right to exist that many of its neighbors refuse to recognize. He says Israel has taken risks for peace and that Palestinian leaders have at times missed historic opportunities. Obama’s remarks came in a speech in Jerusalem to the Israeli people. VP Biden: Dignity trumps ringkissing etiquette NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden doesn’t kiss up to anyone — whether a queen or a pope. The vice president told a gathering of Irish-Americans in New York City on Thursday that as a young U.S. senator he was to meet the queen of England. He remembers getting a call from his mother, who told him not to kiss the queen’s ring. Years later, when he was to meet Pope John Paul II, Biden says his mother told him not to kiss the pope’s ring. Biden, a Roman Catholic descended from struggling Irish immigrants, says his dad said it was “all about dignity.” Biden says his mother told him that no one is “better” than him. And while Biden should treat everyone with respect,
his mother said her son should also “demand respect.’” Obama names nuke chief Macfarlane to new term WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has nominated Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane to a new five-year term. Macfarlane, a geologist, took over the agency last summer after its former chairman, Gregory Jaczko, resigned amid complaints about an unyielding management style that fellow commissioners and agency employees described as bullying. Macfarlane was initially named to a one-year term that expires in June. Obama named her Thursday to a new five-year term. The appointment requires approval by the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid praised Macfarlane
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and Reid said she was deeply committed to keeping U.s nuclear plants safe and secure. Warm spring, continued drought predicted for US WASHINGTON (AP) — Government forecasters say much of the United States can expect a warm spring and persistent drought. The National Weather Service said Thursday above-normal temperatures are predicted across most of the Lower 48 states and northern Alaska. The forecast also calls for little relief for the drought-stricken Midwest and Southwest. Currently, half the country is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought. Late snowmelt will bring a threat of river flooding along the upper Mississippi. North Dakota is at the most risk of flooding from the Red River.
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In this photo provided by the Attorney-General’s Department Australian Prime Minister Julie Gillard speaks during a national apology for forced adoptions during a ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Gillard delivered a historic national apology in Parliament on Thursday to the thousands of unwed mothers who were forced by government policies to give up their babies for adoption over several decades. (AP Photo/Attorney-General’s Department, Andrew Taylor)
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A cooler spring is predicted for the Pacific Northwest and northern Great Plains. Drier-than-normal conditions are on tap for the West and Gulf Coast. Hawaii is expected to be cooler and drier than usual. The spring outlook covers April, May and June. Dominican agents, troops caught in anti-drug op SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican National Drug Control agency says 35 soldiers and police officers have been arrested in a crackdown on drug smuggling to Europe. Drug control chief Rolando Rosado says four French citizens were also arrested. Authorities say the four were attempting to fly 710 kilograms (1,562 pounds) of cocaine to Paris on a French-registered private plane from the resort area of Punta Cana when they were arrested. Rosado said at a news conference Thursday that those detained include a lieutenant colonel in the air force as well as customs drug agents based at the main international airport in Santo Domingo. The investigation began after officials in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and other countries reported confiscating large amounts of cocaine from flights from the Dominican Republic. Finding a phone easier than finding a toilet UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says six billion of the world’s seven billion people have mobile phones — but only 4.5 billion have access to toilets or latrines. So the U.N. is launching a global campaign to improve sanitation for the 2.5 billion people who don’t have it. U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson calls their plight “a silent disaster” that reflects the extreme poverty and huge inequalities in the world today. Eliasson said Thursday that toilets and open defecation, which is a fact of life for 1.1 billion people, are rarely talked about at the U.N. But he said the problem must be addressed immediately for the world to meet the U.N. goal of halving the proportion of people without access to sanitation by 2015. Utility denies fault in massive shrimp death SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Endesa Chile is denying any wrongdoing in the death of thousands of shrimp that washed ashore in southern Chile. Local fishermen have blamed the country’s leading electricity generator for the die-off that left a carpet of red prawns on a beach in Coronel, about 330 miles (530 kilometers) south of the capital on Wednesday. Endesa Chile Project Manager Marcelo said Thursday that company studies indicate the die-off “is due to the flow of deep waters coming from the continental platform, induced by currents of wind on the ocean.” He says Endesa plans to cooperate with the official investigation. Mexico’s AG: no motive in US car shooting MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s attorney general says authorities have yet to determine a motive in the alleged attack by federal police officers on a U.S. Embassy vehicle that wounded two CIA officers six months ago. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said Thursday that the still expects to get a strong sentence against the 14 officers charged with attempted murder. The CIA officers were heading down a dirt road to a military installation south of Mexico City on Aug. 24 with a Mexican navy captain when a carload of gunmen opened fire on their SUV with diplomatic plates and gave chase. More vehicles joined in the pursuit, and the armored SUV was riddled with bullets. The two CIA officers’ injuries were not life-threatening. The captain was not injured. mayor indicted on bribery charge JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Vicksburg, Miss., has been indicted on a federal bribery charge. Federal court records show that Paul Winfield was indicted Tuesday. He had already been charged in a criminal complaint in the case. He will be arraigned March 28 in Jackson. The FBI arrested Winfield on Feb. 20. He has pleaded not guilty and was released on a $10,000 bond. The 39-year-old Democrat is accused of seeking $10,000 in exchange for a city contract.
Prosecutors say an informant paid the firstterm mayor $5,000 in cash in July and agreed to pay more when the contract was awarded. In August, Winfield asked for more money, saying he needed to pay taxes. Court records say they met in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Natchez, where the informant gave Winfield another $2,000. Officials: Man on nitrous oxide causes 3-car wreck LYNWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials allege that a hit-andrun suspect was high on nitrous oxide when he caused a three-car collision that injured five people. A Wednesday night sheriff’s statement says the suspect was speeding when he rear-ended a vehicle stopped for a red light in Lynwood on Monday. Both vehicles entered the intersection and collided with a third that was waiting to make a left turn. The statement says the suspect’s vehicle flipped and came to rest on its roof, and he ran. Deputies caught him on a residential street shortly after. A canister believed to contain nitrous oxide was found in the man’s vehicle. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was among the five people hurt in the collision. Their injuries ranged from moderate to serious. Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin suffers stroke LONDON (AP) — Royal officials say Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, has suffered a mild stroke. Buckingham Palace says the 77-year-old Duke of Kent — also known as Prince Edward — fell ill early Monday and was admitted to the hospital for assessment. The palace said Thursday that he was diagnosed as having suffered a “mild stroke.” It would not go into further details, but said the Duke of Kent’s official engagements would be postponed or canceled “for the foreseeable future.” The Duke of Kent’s father was Prince George, the younger brother of King George VI and King Edward VIII. His mother, Princess
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Marine, was the daughter of Prince Nicholas of Greece. Search called off for 2 who jumped from bridge KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Fire Department rescue crews have halted a nearly twohour search of the frigid Missouri River near downtown Kansas City after a witness reported seeing two people jump from a highway bridge into the water. Fire department spokesman James Garrett says the witness reported seeing two people jump from the Bond Bridge on Thursday morning. He says three fire department boats began scouring the river before noon and estimated the distance from the bridge to the water is equivalent to “at least four to five stories.” Deputy Chief Jeff Grote says the search was called off after about an hour and 45 minutes after no bodies were found. He says given the distance of the fall and the hazardous wintry conditions recovery of the bodies was unlikely. Georgian parliament limits presidential powers TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgian lawmakers have approved constitutional amendments restricting the president’s power to fire a Cabinet, a new move in a tug-of-war between the Western-leaning president and Russiafriendly prime minister in the ex-Soviet nation. President Mikhail Saakashvili’s United National Movement lost October’s elections to the Georgian Dream coalition led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who became prime minister. Since then, the two have been locked in a tense power struggle. Saakashvili, whose term expires in October, had broad powers, including the right to fire the Cabinet, disband the parliament and call new elections. While Saakashvili has denied such intentions, the majority pushed for formally depriving the president of an ability to do so. After months of wrangling, Saakashvili’s faction joined the majority Thursday to vote for amendments limiting presidential powers.
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An Indian farmer fetches water from a pond to irrigate his cucumber plants on the eve of World Water Day in Allahabad, India, Thursday, March 21, 2013. The U.N. estimates that more than one in six people worldwide do not have access to 20-50 liters (5-13 gallons) of safe freshwater a day to ensure their basic needs (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh) for drinking, cooking and cleaning.
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Orange county man guilty of beating his lover to death with a rock SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Orange County prosecutors say a man has been convicted of beating his lover to death with a decorative rock with religious symbols on it, then stealing his car, TV and other valuables. A district attorney’s statement says jurors found 23-year-old Jose Fuentes of Santa Ana guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. He could get life in prison when he’s sentenced Friday. The statement says Fuentes had a sexual relationship with 47-year-old Pedro Cerecer for about a month and plotted for days before the June 2010 killing. Prosecutors say Fuentes had drinks and sex with Cerecer then waited until he was asleep before slamming the rock into his head several times. Fuentes fled in Cerecer’s Toyota with the victim’s TV, credit cards, cell phone and other electronics. Sheriff: Homeowner fired warning at teen intruder STERLING, Va. (AP) — Police say a homeowner fired a warning shot before fatally shooting a 16-year-old neighbor who drunkenly entered the wrong home by mistake. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that Caleb Gordley of Sterling died from a gunshot to the back of his shoulder. Caleb died Sunday morning. His family said he sneaked out of the house Saturday night and went drinking with friends. Walking home, he mistakenly entered a similar home two doors down from his own by crawling through a back window. The sheriff’s office said Thursday that the homeowner gave verbal warnings and fired a warning shot, but Caleb continued up the stairs. Caleb was shot in the back after passing the homeowner in a hallway and walking toward a bedroom where others were located. Man in Pa. store standoff displayed nonworking gun FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (AP) — Police say a suicidal man who barricaded himself inside the bathroom of an eastern Pennsylvania sporting goods store after forcing a clerk to give him a shotgun initially had a gun that didn’t work. Fifty-eight-year-old Mark McCarty entered a Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Fairless Hills on Saturday and asked to see a shotgun and ammunition. He then pulled out a handgun, which police now say was 105 years old and nonworking, and ordered the worker to undo the shotgun’s gun lock. Falls Township police Lt. Hank Ward tells The (Doylestown) Intelligencer that McCarty’s gun was so old, there’s no ammunition available for it and the gun “wouldn’t work.” McCarty fatally shot himself after a four-hour-long standoff. BP seeks sanctions over missing cement samples NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP has asked a federal judge to sanction its cement contractor on the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling project for allegedly withholding critical evidence that could have been used at the ongoing trial over the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. In a court filing late Thursday, BP PLC lawyers cited Halliburton’s alleged destruction of cement samples as grounds for U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to rule that the contractor’s cement design drilling project was unstable before the April 2010 blowout of BP’s Macondo well. A Halliburton lawyer disclosed that the company discovered cement samples last Wednesday at a Lafayette laboratory that weren’t turned over to the Justice Department for testing after the spill. BP says its inability to test the missing samples has harmed its ability to defend itself at trial. Hiding girl, 15, calls 911 during burglary CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in San Diego County say a 15-year-old girl hid in a closet and called police while three burglars ransacked her home. Three people were arrested when police arrived at the Chula Vista home Tuesday afternoon. U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/XqDkW1) says the girl called 911 to report that she’d heard people opening a window and entering the home. The girl said she grabbed her phone and hid in an upstairs closet. Police Capt. Gary Wedge says the girl seemed frightened during the call but remarkably composed. The teen told the newspaper that she hid behind some clothes and a burglar opened the closet but didn’t see her. Arriving officers found three people loading property into a stolen car. They arrested two 17-year-old boys and an 18-year-old man. Pasadena police: Suspect’s fatal shooting lawful LOS ANGELES (AP) — After an internal review, the Pasadena Police Department has concluded that officers responding to a robbery report acted lawfully and within department policy when they fatally shot a 19-year-old suspect who turned out to be unarmed. The findings announced Wednesday in the shooting of Kendrec McDade echo the December conclusions of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office that officers acted in lawful defense of themselves and others. Pasadena officers shot McDade during a nighttime encounter on March 24, 2012 after a man reported being robbed by two men who were armed.
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two international shipping firms pleaded guilty Thursday to obstruction and other charges in connection with what the U.S. Attorney’s Office characterized as a pattern of falsifying records to hide the illegal dumping of engine sludge and oilcontaminated waste into the ocean. The four ships in question docked in New Jersey, Delaware and California, but the criminal cases were consolidated in New Jersey. The German firm Columbia Shipmanagement and Cyprus-based Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd. agreed to pay a combined $10.4 million penalty, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. Of that, $2.6 million will go to addressing environmental damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey and Delaware. The two companies also will be placed on probation for four years. They are affiliates owned by the same holding company, Fishman said. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, whistleblowers played key roles in the various investigations. The New Jersey probe into one of the Hamburg-based company’s ships, the King Emerald, began after crew members approached Coast Guard officers with cell phone photos during a routine inspection in Carteret last May. The company eventually admitted it had illegally discharged oil waste off the coast of Central America, including within 45 miles of a national park area in Costa Rica. Crew members of another ship, the Nordic Passat, prompted the Delaware investigation last October when they provided the Coast Guard with a thumb drive that contained photos and video showing how the ship’s sewage system was rigged to send illegal discharges overboard. Similarly, whistleblowers alerted authorities to two others ships, one destined for New Jersey and another that docked in San Francisco. “In this particular instance the whistleblowers were enormously helpful,” Fishman said Thursday. Under federal law, oil-contaminated waste can be discharged overboard only if it contains less than 15 parts of oil per million parts of water. To achieve this, large vessels are required to have a pollution control device called an oily water separator. Engine sludge, produced by the process of purifying fuel oil and lubricating oil, must be burned in a ship’s incinerator or offloaded on shore for disposal. At least one of the ships dumped sludge into the ocean and another falsified records to claim it incinerated sludge when it hadn’t, authorities said. In their guilty pleas, the shipping companies admitted bypassing the oily water separator or manipulating it to make the illegal discharges, then falsifying logs to hide their actions. In one incident last spring, the King Emerald allegedly dumped five tons of oily waste in the waters off Costa Rica. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Nordic Passat has made illegal discharges since 2006 by tricking a sensor designed to detect oil levels, a practice that may have dumped as much as 2,000 tons of oil-contaminated waste illegally. The companies pleaded guilty to counts that include violating federal pollution laws, obstruction and making false statements. The King Emerald’s second engineer pleaded guilty previously and is scheduled to be sentenced next month. An attorney representing the companies didn’t respond to an email seeking comment Thursday.
HONOLULU (AP) — The top U.S. military commander in the Pacific is hosting Japan’s most senior uniformed officer this week for talks on regional security and strengthening the U.S.Japan alliance. Adm. Samuel Locklear from U.S. Pacific Command and Japan Self Defense Forces’ joint chief, Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki, are meeting in Hawaii on Thursday and Friday. The meetings are a regularly scheduled consultation between the two allies, said Staff Sgt. Carl Hudson, a Pacific Command spokesman. He said the meetings are similar to regular discussions the U.S. also holds with allies the Philippines and Australia. The dialogue “offers these leaders an opportunity to discuss ways to deepen operational cooperation and to improve the effectiveness of bilateral operations,” Hudson said in an email Thursday. Kyodo News reported Locklear and Iwasaki were to discuss joint operation plans for any contingency involving islands claimed by both Japan and China, known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan. Kyodo said Locklear and Iwasaki were expected to agree to accelerate the drafting of the plans. Asked whether Locklear and Iwasaki would discuss how their two countries would respond to any contingency over the islands, Hudson said the U.S. doesn’t take sides in territorial disputes and encourages all parties to find a peaceful resolution. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Thursday that China was “seriously concerned” about Japanese media reports saying Japan and the U.S. were updating their military defense plans involving the disputed islands. “Diaoyu is an inherent part of Chinese territory,” Hong said. “The Chinese government is resolved and able to defend national sovereignty and no external force can weaken the will and resolve of the Chinese government and the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty.” The islands are the focus of a decades-long dispute that reignited in September, when the Japanese government purchased three of the islands from their private owners. Japan aimed to prevent the islands from being bought by Tokyo’s former nationalist mayor, who wanted to build a dock there for Japanese fishing boats and backed sending experts to the islands to study the wildlife and terrain. The purchase prompted anti-Japanese protests in China, and Beijing has regularly sent ships to confront the Japanese coast guard in the area.
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The department said its review board considered tactics, patrol vehicle operation, radio communications and equipment before exonerating officers Jeffrey Newlen and Matthew Griffin. The FBI and the county’s Office of Independent Review are still investigating the shooting. S. Cal man pleads not guilty to beating children HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man with a history of child abuse has been accused of torturing his two children for misbehaving. The Riverside Press-Enterprise says 26-year-old Antwone Rattler of Highland pleaded not guilty Wednesday to child abuse and cruelty to a child. He remains jailed. San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials say Rattler was arrested Monday after his 5-year-old daughter reported that during a weekend visit, he beat her for misbehaving, bound and gagged her, and forced her into exhausting positions. Her mother took the girl to authorities after noticing bruises. Authorities say the girl’s 9-yearold brother reported similar punishment. Rattler was on probation. He pleaded guilty to child abuse two years ago after the children reported that he struck them with a belt until they bled. zoo shows 4 white tiger cubs BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Buenos Aires zoo is showing off four new white tiger cubs. Zoo officials say the blueeyed cubs with coats of black stripes on white were born there two months ago and bring the number at the zoo to nine. They say the cubs will soon be able to eat meat. White Bengal tigers have a rare genetic anamoly and have always been extremely rare in the wild. Several hundred white tigers have been bred in zoos and wild animal parks around the world, though many conservationists say efforts should be focused on less inbred tiger varieties The U.S. Association of Zoos and Aquariums discourages the breeding of white tigers. Man admits stealing IDs to rig Cal State election SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — A 22-yearold man has admitted stealing the identities and passwords of more than 700 fellow students at his San Diego-area university so he could rig campus elections. The North County Times reports former Cal State San Marcos student Matthew Weaver of Huntington Beach pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to wire fraud, access device fraud and unauthorized use of a computer. In March 2012, Weaver was one of two candidates to be the university’s student council president. Court documents say he used a small electronic device that records a computer user’s keystrokes to steal 745 student passwords. Weaver admitted casting about 480 votes for himself and for friends who also were on the ballot. He could get between 27 and 33 months
in prison when he’s sentenced June 17. Stockton police looking for suspect who shot 5 STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Central California police are looking for the shooter responsible for killing two and wounding three others. Stockton Police spokesman Joe Silva said a gunman fired into an outside birthday party of about 20 people, including children, Sunday night before fleeing in a light-colored vehicle. Police initially suspected 20-year-old Sergio Hernandez was the gunman. But Silva said Hernandez turned himself in to police Thursday and was released after an interview. Silva said Hernandez is no longer a suspect. Police say Juan “Junior” Sarrarez and his girlfriend Reyna Perez were both killed in the shooting. The deaths were Stockton’s fourth and fifth homicides of the year. Fire crews respond to five small fires near Highland HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Multiple agencies responded to five small fires Thursday in a rural area of the San Bernardino National Forest after a suspicious person was spotted in the area, officials said.The fires were close together and covered a total of about 1 acre, said John Miller, spokesman for the San Bernardino National Forest. Authorities were looking for a person who was seen in the area around the time the blazes began on Old Waterman Canyon Road north of state Route 18. Winds were light in the area and the temperature was mild, Miller said. The Old Fire began in the same area in 2003, burning about 140 square miles and 1,000 buildings over nine days. Rickie Lee Fowler, 31, was sentenced to death earlier this year after being convicted of five counts of first-degree murder and two counts of arson in the blaze. Prosecutors argued that five men died of heart attacks because of the arson fire in the hills northeast of Los Angeles. The men all died after their homes burned or during the chaotic evacuation. Marin man arrested for brandishing deer antler SAN RAFAEL (AP) — A Marin County man has been arrested for allegedly waving a sharpened deer antler at sheriff’s deputies investigating a report about unruly conduct at a relative’s trailer. Marin County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jamie Scardina says 22-year-old Timothy Cornett refused to come out of the trailer when the deputies arrived and yelled “Shoot me!” at them while wielding the unusual weapon. Scardina says the deputies were called to the Tomales ranch on which the trailer sits on Tuesday night by someone who reported that a man was breaking windows and throwing things. Cornett was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon and vandalism. He remained jailed on $50,000 bail Thursday.
$1.2M reward for Dorner sparks dueling claims
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The payout of a $1.2 million reward offered in the hunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner could turn into a fight before anyone sees a penny. A couple who was tied up in their condominium by the fugitive and a camp caretaker he carjacked shortly afterward have laid claim to the prize, and others could be in line for much of the money that authorities hope to dole out by mid-April. Both parties claim they provided the key tip that ultimately led Dorner to hole up in a vacant mountain cabin where he apparently took his own life after a shootout with police. He killed four people, including two police officers, during his rampage across Southern California. While crime rewards often drive tipsters underground to protect their identity, the Dorner reward has had the opposite effect. “Everybody’s coming out of the woodwork on this one,” said Los Angeles police Lt. Andy Neiman. “These people are being very public about it because they know Dorner can’t come after them.” During the manhunt, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa coordinated a $1 million reward from more than 30 agencies or corporations, including the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Los Angeles Dodgers, AEG and the University of Southern California. The Los Angeles City Council and Board of Supervisors also each put up a separate $100,000 reward with its own protocol and requirements. The slew of groups involved has made the payout process slow and bureaucratic. Officials are waiting on a handful of law enforcement agencies to determine who was responsible for Dorner’s capture, said Vicky Curry, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office. Los Angeles police Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, who is heading up the effort to identify those who helped lead authorities to Dorner, said law enforcement officers from all the agencies involved in the hunt will get together to read reports, listen to tapes and come to a consensus. “We’re not going to be swayed by the fact that we’ve got letters from attorneys or they say they’re entitled for these reasons,’ Albanese said. “We’re going to make a determination as to who’s entitled based on (all) the facts.” Details of the main $1-milllion reward offer were never written down and so it’s not specified as to whether Dorner must be “convicted,” as officials said when it was announced, Curry said. While the mayor’s office is coordinating the reward, determining the recipient could be left up to the agencies doling out the cash. The mayor and police chief have both said they hope to see the money paid out. There is no lack of possible people to credit. There’s the man at a Corona gas station who waved down officers after spotting Dorner hours after authorities named him as an armed and dangerous fugitive. He was suspected of slaying a former police lieutenant’s daughter and her fiancé outside their Orange County condominium and had posted a manifesto online saying he was killing cops in revenge for his firing from the LAPD. There was also an elderly San Diego sailor who Dorner tied up and tried to steal his yacht. And then there were the last civilians to see him alive. Karen and Jim Reynolds, who were briefly tied up by Dorner in the Big Bear Lake rental condo where he hid for days, contend that their 911 call led to the murder suspect being cornered last month. Attorney Kirk Hallam wrote to LA County officials earlier this month that “no one else is entitled to a share of the reward.” The Reynolds family disputes a claim filed by Rick Heltebrake, a Boy Scout camp ranger carjacked by Dorner shortly before the final confrontation. There is “indisputable evidence,” Hallam wrote, that Heltebrake “did not in any way, shape or form contribute to the capture of Christopher Dorner.” Heltebrake’s lawyer claimed in a letter that his client notified authorities of Dorner’s location, provided a description of the vehicle he was fleeing in, and “was a substantial factor in the capture of Mr. Dorner at the cabin location.”
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This March 11, 2013 file photo shows singer Steven Tyler arriving at the world premiere of the feature film “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” in Los Angeles. The future is looking bleak for the Hawaii celebrity privacy bill known as the Steven Tyler Act. The proposal pushed by the Aerosmith lead singer is missing deadlines in the state House and key lawmakers say they wonít push it through. The bill to prevent unwanted photos and video people in their private moments sailed through the state Senate earlier this month, after Tyler testified in person at a committee (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, file) hearing in February.
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The Ronald Reagan Marine Railway represents an important asset of the American Samoa Government. It also represents an essential element of a healthy and thriving fishing industry which accounts for over two thirds of private sector economic activity of the territory. The authority is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and they serve for a period of three years. The Board seeks to employ a full time GENERAL MANAGER for the Shipyard who will exercise all executive functions and all other powers not inconsistent with the laws and rules of America Samoa which are reasonably necessary to the administration, management and operation of the authority and the board. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITY: • Reports to the Chariman and Board of Directors of the Shipyard Authority • Plans, directs, coordinates and supervises the functions and activities of the Shipyard • Responsible for the Operation and Maintenance of government facilities and equipment • Develops materials, equipment and staffing requirements • Works with other ASG agencies and departments • Develops and implements policies, procedures, standards and evaluates the work performance of personnel and initiates personnel actions • Conducts supervisory meeting with all managers, supervisors of all Shipyard divisions. • Assists and advises Finance Manager and Personnel Administrator concerning personnel matters, fiscal year budget proposals, monthly profit and loss statements and monthly balance sheet. • Operates the Shipyard in line with an annual approved budget THE PERSON • Tertiary qualifications in either engineering, business management or economics • Previous shipyard, boat building or fishing industry experience, mninimum 10 years • Knowledge of boat construction, high technology engineering, marine painting applications, preparation of quotations • Business development experience and development of an extensive domestic and international client base • Extensive experience in administration, finance, personnel, training programs • Ability to liaise effectively with government departments and authorities, the Coast Guard, fishing boat owners TERMS AND CONDITIONS • The position will appeal to managers who have had many years of experience in a similar environment either in the public or the private sector. Previous international experience will be well regarded. An attractive employment package will be offered to candidates meeting the above criteria and it will be discussed in detail at interview. TO APPLY Applications should be sent in writing addressed to the Chairman, American Samoa Shipyard Services Authority, PO Box 734, Pago Pago, AS 96799, to arrive before the 15th of March, 2013.
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American Samoa Government OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT
➧ Tala mai Samoa…
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RFP No: RFP 033-2013
Issuance Date: March 20, 2013 Date & Time Due: April 10, 2013 No Later than 2:00pm local time The American Samoa Government (ASG) issues a Request For Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to provide a:
“Tutuila Architectural Survey Project”
Submission: Original and five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked: “Tutuila Architectural Survey Project.” Submissions are to be sent to the following address and will be received until 2:00 p.m. (local time), Wednesday, April 10, 2013: Office of Procurement American Samoa Government Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 attn: Tiaotalaga J.E. Kruse, CPO Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Late submissions will not be opened or considered and will be determined as beingn on-responsive. Document: The RFP Scope of Work outlining the proposal requirements is available at The Office of Procurement, Tafuna, American Samoa, during normal working hours. Review: Request for Proposal data will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer, Office of Procurement, ASG. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Government reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and to waive any irregularities and/or informalities in the submitted proposals that are not in the best interests of the American Samoa Government or the public.
TIAOTALAGA J.E. KRUSE Chief Procurement Officer
“Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action”
RFP No. ASCC #003-2013 Issuance Date: March 19, 2013 Due Date and Time: April 19, 2013 No later than (NLT) 2:00p.m. Local Time
The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) under the Office of Special Projects, hereby issues a Request for Proposal (RFP) from qualified firms and/or individuals to provide the following services: “Architectural and Engineering (A&E) design of a New Two (2) Story Multipurpose Building-MPB for ASCC.” Submissions: Original and (5) five copies of the Proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked “RFP No.ASCC-003-2013 A&E-MPB.” Submissions are to be sent or hand delivered to the following address and shall be received N.L.T. 2:00p.m. American Samoa (Local Time). ASCC Procurement Office Mapusaga Campus Attention: Jessie Su’esu’e - P.O. Telephone: 684-699-9155 extension 391 Note: Any proposal received after the aforementioned date and time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Document: The RFP required documents for this bid can be obtain from ASCC Procurement Office, Mapusaga Campus during normal working hours (7:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.) Review: Request for Proposal (RFP) submittals will be thoroughly reviewed by an appointed Source Evaluation Board (SEB) under the auspices of the Chief Procurement Officer. Right of Rejection: The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) reserves the right to reject any and/or all proposals and/or to waive any irregularities and/or any informalities contained in submitted proposals that are not in the best interest of ASCC or the public. Approved by: Dr. Seth P. Galea’i ASCC President
Fai mai a ia, ua valu masina o taofia o ia i le toese ma ua ia lagona le salamo. Na ia faaalia foi, e toafa si ana fanau teine ma o le vaiaso na tea nei na maliu ai si ona toalua. Na ofo e Faamasino Vaepule faamaisega i le ua molia i le maliu o lona faletua, ae sa ia faasalaina lava o ia i le tolu tausaga i le falepuipui mo lana solitulafono. Peitai na faaalia e le alii faamasino, o le a toese le valu masina ua taofia ai o ia mai lona faasalaga e tolu tausaga. FAAMANATU LE ASO FAAPITOA O LE SUAVAI i LE LALOLAGI O le aso Faraile ananafi na faamanatuina ai e le atunuu le aso faapitoa o le suavai i le lalolagi ma o le manatu autu o le aso o le, “Galulue faatasi aua se suavai mama mo le lumanai.” O polokalama faatino o lea aso na faatautaia lea e le vaega o le punaoa o le suavai a le Matagaluega o Punaoa Faalenatura ma le Siosiomaga, lea sa auai ai le fanau aoga mai aoga maualuluga eseese i le atunuu i le maota fono a le malo i tua o le maota o Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi i Sogi. Na amata polokalama o le aso i se sauniga lotu puupuu na taitaia e le susuga i le Sea o le Sinoti a Upolu i Sasae a le Ekalesia Metotisi, le susuga i le faafeagaiga ia Faletui Mulitalo. O le saunoaga autu o le aso na fofogaina lea e le Minisita o Galuega ma Atinae Eseese a le malo, le afioga Manualesagalala Enokati Posala ma na ia faamamafa ai le taua o le galulue faatasi o tagata uma i le faamautinoaina o le maua pea o le suavai mama mo augatupulaga o le lumanai. Sa faapea ona faia se tauvaga o tala faatino e faataua ai le autu o le aso ma sa tauva ai aoga e 12 sa auai. TETEE MALOSI TUILAEPA i SAUAINA O PAGOTA i FITI Ua faasalalauina faalauaitele le finagalo o le taitai o le malo, le afioga i le palemia, le susuga Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, i lona le taliaina o le tulaga ua tulai mai i Fiti ma le faigamalo a le taitai faamiliteri a lea atunuu, le susuga Frank Bainimarama, ma le tafilisaunoa o leoleo i sauaga ma faaoogalima matuia i pagota sa i lalo o la latou vaavaaiga. Ua maimoa le lalolagi atoa e ala i fesootaiga televavave i upega tafailagi, i se ata na pueina i se telefoni feaveai o le sauaina o ni pagota na sosola mo le umi e lata i le 10 minute, e faaaoga ai laau ma uamea, o taifau ma se samala, ma faatinoina ai foi ma ni faaoogalima mataga. O nei gaioiga na tupu i le tausaga na tea nei, ao lea faatoa alia’e ia ata. Ua tutu faatasi le palemene o Niu Sila ma Faalapotopotoga o Malo Aufaatasi faapea malo o le taupulega ma se isi faalapotopotoga o lo o finau malosi mo aia tatau o tagata soifua, le Amnesty International, ma faaalia lo latou le taliaina o ia ituaiga gaioiga. E ui o lo o faia suesuega i ia gaioiga, ae ua uma ona tuuina mai le tali a Bainimarama i lona lagolagoina o ia gaioiga sa faia e leoleo. i le tali a Tuilaepa i lea faaaliga a Nainimarama, na ia faaalia ai e faapea, na o le tasi le ata ua maua, ao na iloa le anoano o ni faiga faapenei e lei mafai ona faalauiloaina. Fai mai a ia, atonu e taunuu faiga palota lautele a lea atunuu i le tausaga fou, peitai ua tauau ina le toe talitonuina Bainimarama ona ia ituaiga gaioiga.
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There was an odd spike in some of the Planck temperature data that hinted at a preferred direction or axis that seemed to fit nicely with the angle of our solar system, which shouldn’t be, he said. But overall, Planck’s results touched on mysteries of the universe that have already garnered scientists three different Nobel prizes. Scientists studying cosmic background radiation won Nobels in 1978 and 2006, and other work on dark energy won the Nobel in 2011. At the news conference, Efstathiou said the pioneers of inflation theory should start thinking about their own Nobel prizes. Two of those theorists — Paul Steinhardt of Princeton and Andreas Albrecht of University of California Davis — said before the announcement that they were sort of hoping that their inflation theory would not be bolstered. That’s because taking inflation a step further leads to a sticky situation: An infinite number of universes. To make inflation work, that split-second of expansion may not stop elsewhere like it does in the observable universe, Albrecht and Steinhardt said. That means there are places where expansion is zooming fast, with an infinite number of universes that stretch to infinity, they said. Steinhardt dismissed any talk of a Nobel. “This is about how humans figure out how the universe works and where it’s going,” Steinhardt said. Efstathiou said the Planck results ultimately could spin off entirely new fields of physics — and some unresolvable oddities in explaining the cosmos. “You can get very, very strange answers to problems when you start thinking about what different observers might see in different universes,” he said.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday it was preparing for the possibility of more cyberattacks as a new team of investigators tried to determine if North Korea was behind a synchronized shutdown of tens of thousands of computers at six South Korean banks and media companies. Many in Seoul suspect hackers loyal to Pyongyang for Wednesday’s attack, but South Korean officials have yet to assign blame and say they have no proof yet of North Korea’s involvement. The investigation could take weeks, but an initial finding linked a Chinese Internet Protocol address to one of the banks affected. South Korea has set up a team of computer security experts from the government, military and private sector to identify the hackers and is preparing to deal with more possible attacks, presidential spokesman Yoon Chang-jung told reporters Friday. He didn’t elaborate on the possibility of more attacks. Determining who’s behind a digital attack is often difficult. But North Korea is a leading suspect for several reasons. It has unleashed a torrent of threats against Seoul and Washington since punishing U.N. sanctions were imposed for Pyongyang’s Feb. 12 nuclear test. It calls ongoing routine U.S.-South Korean military drills a threat to its existence. Pyongyang also threatened revenge after blaming Seoul and Washington for a separate Internet shutdown that disrupted its own network last week. Seoul alleges six cyberattacks by North Korea on South Korean targets since 2009. If the attack was in fact carried out by North Korea, it may be a warning to Seoul that Pyongyang is capable of breaching its computer networks with relative ease. The cyberattack did not affect South Korea’s government, military or infrastructure, and there were no initial reports that customers’ bank records were compromised. But it disabled cash machines and disrupt commerce in this tech-savvy, Internet-dependent country, renewing questions about South Korea’s Internet security and vulnerability to hackers. The attack disabled some 32,000 computers at broadcasters YTN, MBC and KBS, as well as three banks. The broadcasters said their programming was never affected, and all ATMs were back online. All three of the banks that were hit were back online and operating regularly Friday. It could be next week before the media companies have fully recovered.
South Korea ready for more cyberattacks; banks recover
A malicious code that spread through the server of one target, Nonghyup Bank, was traced to an IP address in China, the state-run Korea Communications Commission said in an announcement of initial findings. Regulators said all six attacks appeared to come from “a single organization.” The investigation is continuing into the shutdown at the five other firms. An IP address can be an important clue as to the location of an Internet-connected computer but can easily be manipulated by hackers operating anywhere in the world. The Chinese IP address identified by the South Korean communications regulator belongs to an Internet services company, Beijing Teletron Telecom Engineering Co., according to the web-
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site tracking and verification service Whois. A woman who answered the telephone number listed on Beijing Teletron’s website denied the company was involved in the cyberattack. She refused to identify herself or provide further information. Wednesday’s cyberattack does not fit the mold of previous attacks blamed on China. Chinese hacking, either from Beijing’s cyber-warfare command or freelance hackers, tends to be aimed at collecting intelligence and intellectual property — not at disrupting commerce. China is home to a sizable North Korean community, both North Koreans working in the neighboring nation and Chinese citizens of ethnic ancestry who consider North Korea their motherland.
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To the friends, the aiga, the co-workers, the loved ones, and everyone...
Tafananai Argiroudis Forever Mama’s Little Girl
Aristides Argiroudis Forever Mama’s Boy
Makerita Louise Kalapu Hall Rest in Love
hey say it takes a village to raise a child, yet an entire island showed up to support my brother and myself through one of life’s hardest moments yet. It goes without saying that my mother will be greatly missed, but it’s been a great comfort to know that we are far from alone. Saying “Thank you” doesn’t seem like enough sometimes, but we extend our gratitude and love for all our family, friends, co-workers, and everyone came and joined us in remembering and celebrating the life of my mother, Makerita Hall. The service was beautiful because of people like you. We also extend a fa’afetai tele lava to our loved ones who couldn’t make it. Your prayers and love were felt and most appreciated even from afar. Thank you also! This would’ve been much harder without all the support of everyone. It is a testament to our mother’s life that she had the love of so many good people.
“Faafetai tele lava”
Tafananai and Aristides Argiroudis
Makerita Louise Kalapu Hall, age 48, daughter of James S. E. Hall of Vaitogi and Lucille M.
Our sincerest thanks,
Nomura of Lauli’i, went home to be with the Lord on February 12, 2013 at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, California. She is survived by her beloved brothers and sisters and their children, her dearest aunts, uncles, and cousins, so many wonderful friends and co-workers and most of all, her testament to life and the bearers of the fruit of her labor--the loves of her life-her precious children, Tafananai and Aristides Argiroudis.
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